By Gina Martinez
Police have arrested three students after a stabbing at John Bowne High School in Flushing Tuesday morning, police said.
Officers from the 107th Precinct arrived at John Bowne at 63-25 Main St. around 11 a.m. where they discovered a 16-year-old boy with a stab wound on his left side. Police said the stabbing happened during a dispute, but do not believe it was a gang-related incident.
EMS transported the student to New York Hospital Presbyterian in stable condition.
One of the suspects, an 18-year-old male, was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. The other two suspects, an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old, were charged with assault, police said.
Ninth-graders Adriana Ramos and Jeniffer Guircocha, who were in class during the stabbing, said there was a lot of commotion on the first floor but eventually everything calmed down.
“I just saw the crowd,” Ramos said. “Supposedly they were bullies. I just heard a bunch of commotion, then went to class. The teacher put everything away and locked the room. Then afterwards nothing happened. We just went on with our day.”
Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness said they were working with officers during the investigations.
“Safety always comes first, and the NYPD and EMS immediately responded to this troubling incident,” Holness said. “We are working closely with the NYPD as they conduct an investigation and will ensure it’s addressed.”
Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) said his office has been in contact with the NYPD and the DOE since the incident.
“Ensuring students are safe and secure at our schools is a top priority,” Lancman said. “My thoughts continue to be with the student who was injured, and I wish him a speedy recovery. I am thankful to our first responders who immediately responded to this incident.”
Police said the investigation was ongoing.
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