Skateboards and Sharp Objects Wielded as Weapons in Melee Near Middle School

A brawl that left at least one person hospitalized broke out near the end of classes Thursday in Lake Balboa

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A teen boy was hospitalized with stab wounds after a chaotic confrontation Thursday with other students near a Southern California middle school.

Video of the fight near Mulholland Middle School in Lake Balboa shows a group surrounding a holding what appears to be a sharp object, possibly a pair of scissors. A witness told NBC4 he saw the group chasing the boy before knocking him to the ground and kicking him.

"They started beating him with skateboards and kicking him in the head," said Felipe Lopez. "I thought he was just a victim getting jumped by kids, but I saw he had a large, sharp object in his hand. He wasn't letting go of it."

The boy, identified as a high school student, was discovered with stab wounds on the ground after the fight, police said. It was not immediately clear whether the wounds were caused by the object he was holding or other individuals.

Los Angeles School Police said the attacker was in custody Friday morning.

The reports of the fight came in around 3:10 p.m. in the 17100 block of Vanowen Street, LA City Fire said.

Officers said they were initially dispatched Mulholland Middle School to respond to a fight, but officials said the attack occurred on the street, not in the school.

The LAPD said the fight evolved quickly, and people involved began pulling out weapons, like a skateboard, knife and scissors.


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Two people were detained, and others were being questioned, Los Angeles Unified School Police said.

The attackers and victims attend Mulholland Middle School, school police said.

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