A 13-year-old male student was stabbed in the leg by a 12-year-old male student, who is now in custody, at Lindenhurst Middle School on Monday, causing the school to go on lockdown for about an hour and a half, according to police.
Suffolk County Police Department received a call about the incident from school officials at about 12:30 p.m. The victim was transported via helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of his injuries, and the 12-year-old was arrested.
“To allow for the police to continue their investigation, please be advised that the building will remain under lockdown until further notice,” Lindenhurst School District Superintendent Anthony J. Davidson wrote in a message to families at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. “… I recognize that hearing about today’s isolate incident is concerning for all. Be assured, that the safety and security of our students is our top priority.”
Davidson noted that during the lockdown, no one would be permitted to enter or leave the school building, which is located at 350 S. Wellwood Ave. He advised parents not to arrive at the school to try signing students out. Shortly after 2 p.m., the lockdown was lifted.
The suspect used a 6-inch knife to stab the victim, who lost a lot of blood, police said. A security guard immediately applied a tourniquet, and emergency services applied another tourniquet when they arrived. The victim was in surgery in critical condition at around 4 p.m. Monday.
The investigation is ongoing.
This is a developing story.