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TEEN SUSPECT HELD IN STABBING OF ANOTHER YOUTH

Sept. 4, 2003 – A St. Croix teen-ager was in custody Thursday night following the stabbing of another youth at the Education Complex in the morning. The victim was being treated at Juan F. Luis Hospital for five stab wounds, according to police.
Police Chief Novelle Francis Jr. said officers went to the high school campus at 11 a.m. in response to reports of a stabbing involving two students. It was the first reported incident of violence at a school since classes resumed on Aug. 29.
"Youth investigators found a 15-year-old with five stab wounds to the body," Francis said — three on the left side, one to the left of the abdomen and one to the back. He said the victim was taken by ambulance to Juan F. Luis Hospital, where he underwent surgery in the afternoon. Information on the young man's condition could not be obtained Thursday evening.
The suspect in the assault was taken into custody and remanded to the Youth Rehabilitation Center in Anna's Hope, Francis said. He said the police Juvenile Bureau was seeking to determine a motive for the stabbing.
Kurt Vialet, Educational Complex High School principal, referred questions about the incident to the Education Department spokesperson, who could not be reached for comment throughout Thursday afternoon.

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