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Student fatally stabbed at Cleveland High attended adult school

April 24, 2013|By Richard Winton, Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
  • Map shows location of Cleveland High, where a student was fatally stabbed.
Map shows location of Cleveland High, where a student was fatally stabbed. (Google Maps )

A student who was fatally stabbed at Cleveland High School attended an adult school in Woodland Hills, law enforcement authorities said Wednesday night.

The victim was a student at West Valley Occupational Center, Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Sharon Papa told The Times. He was believed to be 18 years old.

The student was attacked on one of the school’s handball courts about 4 p.m. after an argument with two men who were described as being between 18 and 20, authorities said. 

School police and LAPD officers saturated the area and began searching for the two men. Police said they did not believe that the two men were students at the school.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. “He passed away from his injuries,” LAPD Officer Christopher No said.

The victim’s name was not released Wednesday night.

Cleveland High has been recognized for its humanities magnet school. One parent described the Reseda school as a safe place for students.

“My kids have always felt safe on campus,” said Bonnie Goodman, whose children have attended the school during the last seven years. “This appears to be an isolated incident where the school became a setting for an unfortunate event that did not involve our students.”


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