By Shayna Jacobs
INWOOD — A 14-year-old student who allegedly stabbed his George Washington High School classmate 16 times with a steak knife has been charged in the attack.
The assailant, whose name was not released because of his age, faces attempted murder and assault charges but will still be considered a juvenile offender.
The young male was arrested on Friday shortly after the incident, police said.
A school safety agent noticed a knife handle in the jacket pocket of the suspect. The knife was found to have six inches of blood on its blade, the criminal complaint says.
The 15-year-old victim was treated for stab wounds to his arms, body and face.
Both the victim and the attacker were sophomores, students told DNAinfo at the scene.
"I was going to lunch and I heard somebody saying, 'Somebody got stabbed, somebody got stabbed,'" one junior said.
"When we came in, they were running — the security guards,” she added. “I think they had the knife in like an envelope or something.”
Local elected officials are calling for an investigation into the incident after the school’s metal detectors failed to find the knife, the Daily News reported.
The alleged attacker claimed he was retaliating against the victim for bullying him, the newspaper reported.