CERES -- A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody Tuesday at Central Valley High School in connection with the stabbing of another student at the campus, police reported.
The victim was described as a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed in the abdomen. He was transported to a hospital, where he underwent surgery and was in stable but critical condition, according to Sgt. Jose Berber of the Ceres Police Department.
The stabbing occurred about 12:30 p.m. at the 4033 Central Ave. campus as students were changing classes, Berber said. The victim and the assailant reportedly were involved in a confrontation between the gym and classrooms when the stabbing occurred.
Berber said the boys are associated with criminal street gangs. Investigators learned that the 14-year-old had made the decision Monday night to stab someone to gain notoriety in his gang and chose his victim because of his connections with a rival gang, Berber said.
He was booked at Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder.
The school was never on lockdown because the suspect was apprehended quickly, but students were asked to remain in their classrooms until police investigators canvassed the crime scene for any physical evidence. The school resumed normal activity shortly after the incident, Berber said.
Ceres Unified School District made arrangements for counseling services to be available to students and their families.
Parents were notified immediately by text, e-mail and phone, according to Assistant Superintendent Jay Simmonds.
"This is very unusual," he said. "We have never had anything like this happen in Ceres," he said.
He stressed that the district has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons and that weapons of any kind on campus result in expulsion. No one has been expelled this year for a weapon offense, Simmonds said.
Later in the afternoon while detectives interviewed witnesses, a 17-year-old boy was taken into custody because he was obstructing the investigation, Berber said.
The investigation is ongoing, and detectives are asking anyone with any information about this case to contact Detective Derek Perry at (209) 538-5730 or the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at (866) 602-7463.