Tartan High School was locked down the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 13, after two male students, both sophomores, were involved in an altercation near the campus in which one student was stabbed in the leg and another was slashed in the hand.
Around 3 p.m., Oakdale police received a call regarding an injured teen on the ground along the 600 block of Granada Avenue North, which is just south of the school.
Officers found the boy after he walked back to the school. They noted he had sustained multiple injuries that appeared to be consistent with a knife attack.
Washington County sheriff’s deputies arrested another male just two blocks from where the altercation took place. He is believed to have stabbed the first boy and was treated for slashed fingers, which may be consistent with the handling of a knife, according to police.
The two students, who are believed to have known each other, were walking home from school when officers say a situation escalated out of control.
The student who was stabbed in the leg was transported to Regions Hospital.
The other was booked at Washington County Jail. Police Chief Bill Sullivan said he plans to ask for a second-degree assault charge. Because the boys are minors, their identities are not being released.
— Johanna Holub