An Oakdale High School student was stabbed by another student on campus Monday, where summer school is in session, police reported.
Police Chief Lester Jenkins said the attack was gang related, with a 16-year-old boy getting stabbed in the boys bathroom by a 15-year-old rival gang member.
The victim suffered a severe wound in his back, as well as a superficial stab wound in his chest, Jenkins said.
“The victim walked back to the classroom, leaving a very distinct blood trail,” the chief said.
The student was taken to the office, where he was treated by paramedics. The students and staff were ordered to “shelter in place,” remaining locked in their classrooms until officers identified the suspect.
Jenkins said the victim refused to cooperate with officers or identify his assailant, but they determined the suspect and the victim were likely in the same class because it was the only class out on a break.
He said officers interviewed the students in the class and identified the 15-year-old suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a gang enhancement.
The victim was taken to a Modesto hospital, where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
Authorities lifted the shelter in place order at about 11:20 a.m.