Small black knife used in Thursday incident
By Sam Catanzaro
Police have released updates about the weapon used in a slashing at Santa Monica High School last week that sent a student to the hospital.
According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), on Thursday around 12:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Santa Monica High School campus for a fight involving multiple students.
“Upon arrival, officers located one student with a facial laceration he suffered during the fight. The student was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury. The primary suspect in the incident, a juvenile student, was last seen running off campus and was ultimately taken into custody by SMPD,” said SMPD Lt. Rudy Flores in an email.
The weapon used, a small black knife, remains outstanding.
Santa Monica High School stayed open, and students continued attending classes while SMPD personnel remained on campus investigating the incident. The victim has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home.
In the wake of the fight, Santa Monica High School Principal Marae Cruce shared an update with parents, staff and students addressing the incident.
“I am saddened to share this news on our first day back, but I want to make certain that everyone is aware of an altercation that occurred on our campus during lunch between two Samohi students,” Cruce said. “The safety and security of our students and staff are our top priorities. We are taking this incident seriously and will provide you with an update when we have additional information.”
According to Cruce, the SMPD is investigating the incident and school officials are cooperating fully with the investigation.
“We are in communication with the parents of both students,” Cruce said.
The identity of the involved parties has not been released by officials due to their minor status.