A student was stabbed with a knife during an altercation at West Shores High School, officials confirmed to News Channel 3.
Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Maria Gandera wrote in a statement that a student used a knife to assault another student Thursday afternoon at the school, located in Salton City.
"It is our understanding that the incident is the result of a dispute between two students and did not represent a specific threat to the wider school community," Gandera wrote.
Gandera said the victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. She confirmed that the school was briefly placed on lockdown to "ensure the safety of all students and staff."
According to Gandera, the student with the knife was detained by police pending an investigation into the incident.
The Imperial County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation. We have reached out to the Sheriff's Department for further details.
Gandera says the district is confident that the appropriate steps have been taken, the school will open as usual on Friday. A crisis counseling team will be at the school on Friday for any students or staff in need of support.
Statement from Dr. Maria Gandera:
"This afternoon an incident occurred at West Shores High School involving a student who used a knife to assault another student. It is our understanding that the incident is the result of a dispute between two students and did not represent a specific threat to the wider school community. The school was placed in a brief lock out to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
The student who allegedly committed the assault was detained by law enforcement pending the completion of an investigation. The assault resulted in a non-life threatening injury. First aid was immediately provided and an ambulance was called.
We are confident that appropriate steps have been taken and the school will be open as usual tomorrow. A crisis counseling team will be on campus tomorrow to support students or staff in need."