A teen is in stable condition after a fight and stabbing near Hamden High School on Monday afternoon and police said both the suspect and the victim have been charged.
The student who was stabbed went up to the school resource officer who got him inside to the school nurse for help while additional police and paramedics rushed to the school.
He was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, police said.
According to investigators, two ninth-grade students were fighting when one stabbed the other. Police said they recovered a small folding knife near the scene on Dixwell Avenue.
The 13-year-old suspect was treated for a cut to the hand, police said. He was charged with assault in the second degree.
Police said the victim was charged with assault in the third degree.
Both are due in New Haven Superior Court for Judicial Matters on Dec. 13.
Other students at the school said they were upset by what happened and some are calling for metal detectors at the school after this incident and one last month when a 17-year-old student was arrested after bringing a loaded handgun to school.
“They’re always talking about how they care about our safety but they are not really doing anything because this isn’t the first time people brought stuff to school," said Hamden sophomore Natalie Velez.
The school superintendent released a statement writing in part, "At this time, we keep our thoughts and prayers with the victim of this attack.”
The superintendent said the safety team has considered metal detectors but has not recommended them. The Board of Education and Legislative Council would need to get involved if the community wants to further consider the issue.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and asked anyone with information or video of the fight to call Detective Andrew Lipford at 203-230-4055.
They said they will continue to have increased presence in the area of the high school.