MANHATTAN – An Upper East Side high school was turned into a crime scene Friday morning after investigators say a 16-year-old student stabbed another teen— knifing him multiple times— before being arrested by NYPD officers.
The violence broke out just before 11:00 am Friday inside the East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter High School, located at 320 East 96th Street between Second and First Avenues on the Upper East Side.
When officers arrived on scene at the school Friday morning, police say they found a 17-year-old student with stab wounds to the back and ribs— paramedics rushed him to Weill Cornell Medical Center for care.
The 16-year-old student was arrested by the NYPD and charged with assault in connection with the stabbing— he was taken to Metropolitan Hospital for a cut to his hand.
According to Scholars Academy, the bloodshed occurred when an argument between students turned into a violent fight between classes.
“Our leaders and teachers immediately acted to ensure scholars’ safety,” the charter school said in a statement.
“Our priority is to continue communicating and working directly with the students and families involved to ensure the best possible outcome and the continued safety and wellbeing of all students.”
Scholars Academy says it will also have additional support available for students and staff on Monday.
The Department of Education’s Climate Justice High School shares the building with Scholars Academy and tells Upper East Site the incident did not involve DOE students or the DOE school.