September 30, 2011 | 11:54 am
Five people were injured in a stabbing attack at Southeast High School in South Gate, officials said.
Details of the attack were unclear, but the Los Angeles City Fire Department told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that crews were treating five patients and that one was in critical condition.
The TV station also quoted Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy as saying a school dean suffered a non-life-threatening injury when the educator tried to stop the attack between two students.
Police and fire officials were on the scene at the school on 2720 Tweedy Boulevard.
Roger Noriega, a father of freshman and senior daughters at the school, said he first heard of the incident when his younger daughter texted him, telling him a stabbing of several people had occurred and that the school was locked down.
"She said, 'I saw three people stabbed,'" said Noriega, who was making his way to the school.