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Student stabbed at Bulkeley High School in Hartford

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Two people were in police custody but later released after a stabbing at Bulkeley High School in Hartford on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the stabbing took place in the rear of 300 Wethersfield Ave. after a fight between two students at about 3:45 p.m.

"I'm so shocked, have no idea," said Sheily Melendez, a friend of the victim. "It's crazy, shocking."

The Hartford Public Schools spokesman told Eyewitness News that the stabbing took place in front of a school bus. The victim climbed onto the bus following the stabbing and then out the rear of the bus when he realized he was stabbed.

An unidentified 16-year-old male, who is a 10th-grade student, suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the stomach. The victim, who was conscious, was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where he is in serious but stable condition but is expected to recover from his injuries.

Police have two people were initially taken into investigative detention, but later released.  Investigators have not released their names or ages.

"One of the students we have in custody is from New Visions for Public Schools," said Hartford police Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley. 

No schools in Hartford are on lockdown. No after-school events were canceled on Wednesday. However, extra security will be present and a meeting among the school's staff will be held on Thursday "to go over safety precautions."

"Administration and staff will take all precautions to ensure the safety of our students. We will continue to implement our safety protocols and provide additional security and social work support to assist staff and students as needed," said a letter to Bulkeley High School staff.

While the scene cleared, parents still came to pick up their children and waded through a wave of police officers to do that.

"I left my work incomplete so I could come here and make sure she's playing softball, you know?" said Kathleen Maldonado, a parent.

Grief counselors will be available for any students or staff at Bulkeley High School on Thursday.

A letter was sent home to parents. School officials also went to the hospital to be with the injured student and his family.

Police have seized the knife used in the stabbing, but the type of knife was not released by authorities.

School officials said they are cooperating with the investigation.

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