1 in Custody After Student Stabbed at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park

School officials don't believe the weapon used was a knife but rather a 'random item'

A student was taken into custody after another student was stabbed at a Franklin Park high school Tuesday morning, officials said. 

The stabbing happened just after 9:30 a.m. in a hallway at East Leyden High School "at the tail end of a passing period," Superintendent Nick Polyak said.  The school remained on lockdown for at least two hours. 

According to Polyak, police arrived at the scene and "immediately" took a suspect, who is a student, into custody. The student who was stabbed was receiving medical attention. 

Rosemont Police Supt. Donald Stephens III said the student underwent surgery and was recovering. 

Just after 11:30 a.m., Stephens said the lockdown had been lifted and students were being dismissed for the remainder of the day. All after school activities were also canceled and Franklin Park police were helping to reunite parents with their children, he tweeted. 

Polyak said an investigation remained ongoing but that school officials were reviewing security footage of what happened. He added that he did not believe the weapon used was a knife but rather a "random item." 

Polyak said school would still be in session Wednesday and counselors and social workers will be available for students, staff and community members. 

"We're working through this together," he said. 

Check back for more on this developing story. 

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