Southern High ninth-grader is stabbed in side at school Boy, 16, taken to hospital after first denying injury

January 19, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A ninth-grade student at Southern High School was stabbed in the left side yesterday, apparently in a stairwell, but the young victim at first refused to admit he was injured, then would not divulge the name of the attacker.

The boy, 16, was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His condition could not be learned, but school officials said the wound did not appear to be life threatening.

Because the youth would not cooperate with either the principal, Darlene Lyles, or with school police, officials reported little progress in their investigation yesterday. Their only break was finding three splotches of blood in a stairwell.

The three-story high school, just south of Federal Hill, has had problems before.

In September, a 14-year-old student was shot in the leg after a lunchtime dispute between rival groups of students. As in yesterday's attack, the students involved did not cooperate with investigators.

A motive for yesterday's stabbing had not been determined by nightfall.

Ms. Lyles said she saw the wounded youth -- whom officials declined to name -- about 9 a.m. walking down a second-floor hallway "with blood on his clothing. He wasn't going to tell us he had been stabbed."

When she asked him about the blood, he answered: "No reason, no reason," Ms. Lyles said.

"When we lifted up his shirt, he had a puncture wound on his left-hand side. When we asked him what happened, he said nothing. Eventually he said he was stabbed, but he didn't know

who did it."

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