13-Year-Old Student Stabbed at Middle School in Boston's Roslindale Neighborhood

The incident occurred inside a school bathroom

Police say a 13-year-old student was stabbed by another student inside a middle school in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood on Thursday morning.

Boston police said the stabbing occurred just before 9:30 a.m. at 105 Cummins Highway.

Dan O'Brien, a spokesman for the Boston Public Schools, said the stabbing occurred inside the Washington Irving Middle School. He said it was an isolated incident between two students in a school bathroom.

The school's superintendent said the suspect is 14 years old and the victim 13.

O'Brien said police were called immediately following the incident and the stabbing victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The student who allegedly stabbed the other student was arrested shortly afterward outside the school, O'Brien said.

Boston police remained at the school after the incident.

The school district said a "technical issue" caused several parents not to be notified of the stabbing. Because of the issue, the district said another robocall was sent out. Some parents were upset because they didn't receive a notification until four hours later.

"I was scared stiff that something happened to my daughter," said parent Maureen Serrano.

Jerniono McFadden was one of many parents who rushed to the school to take their kids out early.

"I'm still in shock about it," McFadden said. "It's a learning institution. A kid should feel as safe at a school as they would in their own home."

Interim Boston Superintendent Laura Perille said the school went on lockdown and those students who didn't leave early with their parents finished the school day.

Perille said Boston Public Schools have sent crisis counselors to the school, who are available for any students who want to speak to them.

"The counseling teams will be available on site and back again tomorrow morning for as long as needed," said Perille.

School officials also said an unarmed safety officer was on hand at the time of the stabbing.

While police remained at the school for the remainder of the day, many parents were left to ponder why a middle school student would stab a classmate.

"I always pray every day before I take my daughter because you never know. It’s sad," said McFadden.

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