Hartford police have arrested a 16-year-old suspect in the stabbing of another 16-year-old at Bulkeley High School in Hartford.
Police said the victim was stabbed once in the stomach during a fight with another teen behind the high school around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to police.
The victim is a sophomore at Bulkeley and knew the suspect, according to police.
The suspect did not go to Bulkeley. He had been suspended from the Culinary Arts Academy in Hartford, according to police.
"One of the kids pulled out a knife," Jesus Caraballo, a student, said. "It was a kitchen knife, not a pocket knife."
Students said the violence broke out near the parking lot where buses wait at the end of the day. According to witnesses, the victim ran onto a bus to get away from the attacker after he was stabbed.
The school's athletic director and a volleyball coach rushed to his side to help stop the bleeding, students said.
"Everybody was shocked; everybody was speechless watching," said a classmate who witnessed the scene. "We didn't know what to do."
The victim was taken Connecticut Children's Medical Center in stable but serious condition, according to Hartford police. His injuries are not life-threatening, and police said he's expected to make a full recovery. He remains hospitalized as of Thursday morning.
Two students were initially taken into custody and questioned, but have since been released, police said. The assailant is on the run, and police said the victim has not been cooperative.
Security is being ramped up at the school on Thursday, and a team of grief counselors will also be present, according to David Medina, director of external communications for Hartford Public Schools.
"A letter to parents will be sent shortly and we have an administrator at the hospital with the injured student and his family," Medina said on Wednesday. "A staff meeting has also been called at the school for tomorrow morning to go over safety precautions."
It's the second stabbing at a Connecticut school in two weeks.
Sixteen-year-old Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on April 25 and a classmate is charged with her murder.