BROCKTON, MASS. (WHDH) - A 17-year-old student is recovering after officials said a classmate stabbed the teen at a school in Brockton Thursday morning.

Both the 16-year-old classmate and the 17 year old who was stabbed were taken to area hospitals, where police said the student who was stabbed was responsive and alert with non-life-threatening injuries as of Thursday afternoon. 

In the aftermath of this incident, officials said they’re now looking into how the knife got into the school.

The incident happened in a hallway outside the gym at Brockton’s Huntington Day School around 9:30 a.m. during a time where students were between classes. 

One student speaking with 7NEWS said they heard screaming before seeing teachers rushing down stairs. 

“[T]hen, a whole lot of ambulances and police pulled up to the school,” the student said. 

Speaking at a press conference, Brockton Public Schools Superintendent Michael Thomas said a staff member saw the altercation and leapt into action, taking down the student who had the knife. 

Officials said the staff member held the student down while a nurse administered aid to the student who was stabbed.

The school went into lockdown for one hour as an investigation got underway. 

Thomas said it’s unclear how the knife got into the school. The Huntington School does have metal detectors. After this incident, officials said the district is making sure the metal detectors are working properly as well as checking devices across Brockton schools. 

“Metal detectors, as I always say, they’re not foolproof,” Thomas said.

The Huntington School is a small, close-knit school with about 40 students that caters to special needs students with behavioral issues. Just a matter of days before this incident, on Tuesday, a 14-year-old boy that attended the school was shot and killed in his home

The boy’s mother’s boyfriend has been charged with the murder. 

“We’re living in very difficult times and our kids are going through very difficult circumstances and it’s our job to support them and support our teachers who do an amazing job,” Thomas said on Thursday.

“I feel like we’ll be OK,” one student said. “There’s guidance counselors here to help us, so we’ll be alright. 

Officials said they plan to have an increased police presence across the Brockton school district on Friday.

Brockton police said Thursday night that the 16 year old who allegedly stabbed the 17 year old has been charged with multiple charges including attempted murder.

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