A fight involving at least three students in a classroom at Waukegan High School Brookside Campus left two students hospitalized, including one that was stabbed with scissors.
Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles confirmed that the incident occurred around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at the school, located at 2325 Brookside Avenue.
“At this time there are no arrests but all suspects are identified. I can confirm a student was cut or stabbed with a pair of scissors,” Walles said in an email.
Superintendent of Schools Theresa Plascencia said in a letter to parents that there was a “classroom altercation between three students.”
Two of the students involved received medical treatment. One of them suffered a laceration and the other was experiencing back pain, Plascencia said.
The Waukegan Police Department said that they were not notified about the incident until around 6:30 p.m. when the hospital contacted authorities regarding the students’ injuries.
“Today we learned that during the course of the altercation one student is alleged to have struck another student with a classroom tool. School staff continue to investigate the incident along with law enforcement, and students involved will face consequences consistent with state laws and District policies,” Plascencia said in the statement.
“I want to assure our parents, staff and students that we as a school district are constantly enforcing and reevaluating our safety protocols, and the safety of our students and staff remains a top priority,” Plascencia added.
Both students have since been released from the hospital. Police continue to investigate the incident.
In November, two students at Waukegan High School’s Washington Campus were stabbed during a fight that left blood covering a restroom and put the school on lockdown.