3 stabbed at South Gate high school

LA Unified School district police outside South East High School in South Gate.
LA Unified School district police outside South East High School in South Gate.
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Three people were stabbed at Southeast High School in South Gate, according to Los Angeles Unified School District school police, following a fight during lunch between a male and female student.

The stabbings happened Friday afternoon after a male and female student started fighting, and the dean of students tried to intervene.

The male then stabbed the female student, the dean and another student who tried to break up the fight. All three were taken to the hospital. The stabbed female is said to be in serious condition, while the other two did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

LAUSD police arrested and detained the student suspected of the stabbing. Authorities have not confirmed the relationship between the suspect and the victim.

Raymond Gutierrez, a senior at Southeast, says he knew the female student and the stabbing will change the way security is handled at the school.

"He’s nice, you know. I know her close and it’s sad to see what happened to her. My prayers go out to her. It’s disturbing, you know, it’s frightening. Especially to this school. And now this happened and security is going to go way up now," he said.

After the stabbing, the school was placed on a precautionary lockdown, and the school's 2,400 students were let go in waves shortly before the end of the normal school day. The north exit of the school along Tweedy Boulevard remained blocked to keep the public away from the crime scene.

Correction: The LAUSD originally reported that three students and two adults were stabbed.