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Police say weapon may have been picked up by bystanders at stabbing

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POSTED January 16, 2010 4:14 a.m.

The Thursday morning knifing of Manteca High School freshman girl left a shocked community in its wake.

Both girls were freshmen and not a sophomore and a junior as reported Friday as taken from preliminary reports.  The altercation took place in the school’s main hallway lined with countless student lockers at about 7:30 a.m.

School Resource Officer April Smith was in her office when the fight erupted running to the main hall way in an attempt to restore order as she detained the suspect and attempted first-aid on the victim while surrounded by students.

The victim was believed to have raised her arms in a defense mode when she was assaulted resulting in an eight to nine inch spreading gash on the inside of her upper arm followed by a puncture wound in her upper chest,  police said.

Police said the weapon was never discovered and was possibly picked up by someone in the crowd. Those who knew the girls said there was a lingering feud between them.

The victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of her wound that reportedly spread to about two inches wide and the suspect was taken to juvenile hall in French Camp.

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