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Student describes chaos at scene of school stabbing

September 30, 2011 | 12:43 pm

Stabbing at South Gate High School

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

Ninth-grader Giselle Noriega had been attending South East High School in South Gate for only a few weeks when she noticed a boy and girl arguing Friday during lunch.

She and a friend had come out of a health class about 11:30 a.m. and were eating on a concrete bench when they noticed the argument.

The girl asked a teacher for help, and the boy grabbed the girl in a headlock and began punching her, said 14-year-old Giselle. They fell to the ground and the teacher attempted to separate them.

“He was on top of her. It looked like he was shanking her or punching her,” Giselle said.

As havoc erupted, a football player ran to help the teacher break up the fight, Giselle said.

“The guy stabbed the football player in the arm," she said. "A lot of people were trying to separate the fight.”

In the melee, both the girl and teacher were stabbed as well, she said.

Having been at the school only a short while, Noriega knew none of those involved.

“My friends and I are OK. We’re a bit shaky,” she said.

As for her new school?

“It’ll be interesting -- a lot of drama,” Giselle said.

A total of five people were injured in the stabbing attack at the school at 2720 Tweedy Blvd.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that crews were treating five patients and that one was in critical condition.

[For the Record, 2:02 p.m., Sept. 30: A previous version of this post stated that the Los Angeles City Fire Department spoke to KTLA. It was the L.A. County Fire Department.] 


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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