EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—The girls' bathroom at East Brunswick's vocational and technical high school campus was the scene of a stabbing that sent a 15-year-old to the hospital on March 22.
The names of the alleged perpetrator and the victim are not being disclosed by authorities at this time.
An official statement said that a 17-year-old girl had been charged with "stabbing a 15-year-old classmate at the campus." According to NJ.com, the victim was stabbed in the face during the attack.
The specific charges against her include juvenile delinquency, attempted murder, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief James Conroy of the East Brunswick Police Department announced the charges two days after the attack.
The East Brunswick school, located on Rues Lane next to the Brunswick Square Mall, is one of three vo-tech "campuses" and two "academies" run by an unelected county-level school board that is appointed by the county's Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The statement said that the victim was taken to University Hospital in Newark, while the 17-year-old alleged attacker was taken into custody at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center in North Brunswick.
Due to the age of the accused, the criminal proceedings are taking place in Middlesex County Family Court, and are not open to the public.
The disturbing news may not have ever been made public if it wasn't for NJ.com's Craig McCarthy who broke the story on March 23, reporting the following:
The fight at about 8:50 a.m. was an isolated incident between two students, but school officials ordered students to stay in their classrooms, Middlesex County Vocational Technical School District Superintendent Brian Loughlin said.
The student with the scissors, who allegedly started the altercation, was immediately taken into custody, Loughlin said.
"We didn't want kids to observe the medical treatment of a fellow student," Loughlin said of the decision to keep students in current classrooms for an hour and 25 minutes at the East Brunswick campus.
The incident is being investigated by Detective Kimberly DiParisi of the East Brunswick Police Department and Detective Joseph Chesseri of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective DiParisi at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Chesseri at (732) 745-3115.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.