Student, 20, stabbed in chest at school


November 29, 2006|By Sara Neufeld and Richard Irwin

A 20-year-old student at Southwestern Senior High was stabbed in the upper chest yesterday during an altercation in the rear of the building in the 200 block of Font Hill Ave., city police reported.

The victim, Paul Jones, was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released, said a shock-trauma spokesman.

City police have issued a warrant for an 18-year-old man in the stabbing. Police said another suspect was also being sought, but a warrant was not immediately issued for him. The names of both suspects were withheld by police.

Police said Jones is a student at Southwestern, an alternative school for average students who have not been successful in traditional academic environments. The student was on his lunch break when he became involved in a fight about 11:30 a.m. with at least one other person, city police said.

Vanessa Pyatt, a city school system spokeswoman, said Southwestern and another school in the same complex, the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts, were placed on lockdown after the stabbing. The lockdown remained in effect until the end of school at 3:05 p.m. During the lockdown, no one was allowed to leave or enter the buildings, she said.

Southwestern is set to close at the end of the school year, while Augusta Fells Savage is to move to a different location, as the city school system strives to make more efficient use of its space.

City police and school police were investigating the stabbing, Pyatt said.

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