A Santa Monica High School student was transported to a local hospital with cuts to his face area following a fight on campus on Thursday.

According to SMPD, officers were dispatched to the campus of Santa Monica High School for a fight involving multiple students and upon arrival, officers located one student with a facial laceration.

SMPD Lt. Rudy Flores said the weapon, a small black knife, has not been found.

While the victim was taken for medical care, the suspect escaped campus but was later taken into custody. SMPD said the suspect’s identity is known to officers but his name has not been released due to his status as a minor.

The assault happened on Thursday, Aug, 18, the first day of school for Santa Monica students. Students remained on campus during the incident and classes continued.

Samohi Principal Marae Cruce, who took the helm this year, said she was saddened by the incident.

“The safety and security of our students and staff are our top priorities. We are taking this incident seriously and will provide you with an update when we have additional information,” she said in an email to parents on Thursday.

 Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective B. Jenkins or School Resource Officer (SRO) A. Angel at 310-458-2201 extension 4884 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426. 

Photo by Emily Sawicki
Photo by Emily Sawicki