School dean, 2 students stabbed at South Gate campus
All those wounded were transported to area hospitals. One female student suffered "serious" wounds and is in stable condition, officials said, and the others sustained non-life-threatening wounds.
The assailant, also a student at the school, was not injured and has been arrested, said Monica Carazo, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Carazo said a fight broke out between a boy and a girl about 11 a.m. during the school's lunch period.
During the altercation, the boy allegedly stabbed the girl, she said. A female dean, who is also a teacher at the school, stepped in to stop the fight and was also stabbed. A second student was then stabbed, also while trying to break up the fight.
Carazo said an investigation is still underway and that the motive for the fight in unclear. She was unable to provide the ages or grade levels of the students.
On the scene, she said, were South Gate and Los Angeles Unified School District police officers, LAUSD Police Chief Steve Zipperman and Supt. John Deasy.
Deasy said counselors were at the school to talk with students and to assure parents that their children were OK.
"We want to remind students that violence is never the answer," he said.
The campus lockdown was lifted at about 1 p.m., and students returned to class, officials said.
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Photo: A Los Angeles City Fire Department crew on the scene of a stabbing attack Friday at South East High School in South Gate. Credit: KTLA