Crime

East St. Louis high school student stabbed

An East St. Louis High School student was stabbed Wednesday on St. Clair Avenue after he and two friends got into a fight with another group.

Eventually, both groups ended up at the school, where two others received minor injuries before the fight was broken up by school security and police.

The incident occurred at 7:45 a.m., said Sydney Stigge Kaufman, director of strategic partnerships for East St. Louis School District 189.

“One student was injured near the MetroLink when he and two of his friends engaged in a fight with two other students and two adults who arrived in a car,” Kaufman said.

She said the student was stabbed in the torso and was later transported to a hospital for treatment.

The injured student and his friends fled for safety to the school, but before they could get inside of the building, “they were intercepted by the group who followed them in a car,” Kaufman said.

Another fight broke out on the school parking lot, where a second student received a cut on the cheek, and a third student suffered bruises.

“East St. Louis Senior High School administration and security staff quickly intervened and ensured safety for all students. The East St. Louis Police Department was immediately called and is investigating the incident,” she said.

The participants were not publicly identified.

Police said they took two people into custody for questioning but declined further comment.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503

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