QUEENS — A 16-year-old boy was stabbed following a verbal spat inside John Bowne High School Tuesday morning, police said.
The boy was knifed on the left side of his body inside a first floor hallway outside a dean's office at the school on Main Street near Reeves Avenue around 10:45 a.m., police and fire officials said.
He was taken to Booth Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Three students — two 18 year olds and a 17-year-old — were taken into custody but hadn't been charged as of Tuesday evening, the NYPD said.
A small black folding knife was recovered in the high school, police said.
Assistant Chief David Barrere, who spoke about the stabbing at a press conference at the 107th Precinct, said the fight "stemmed from a prior verbal dispute between the students."
The Department of Education's Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose said the high school doesn't have full time metal detector scanners, but does random and unannounced scanning throughout the year.
The DOE's protocol is to work with the NYPD to determine its safety precautions, and they will "follow our protocol and assess whether there should be a change in scanning."