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Bandon Police Department

BANDON - A 14-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly stabbing a 16-year-old boy a few blocks away from the high school late Wednesday afternoon.

According to Police Chief Bob Webb, Bandon police responded at 3:58 p.m. to Bandon High School, 550 Ninth St. SW. to a report that a student had been stabbed. When police arrived at the high school, they learned that the incident had occurred near Ninth Street and Harrison Avenue, a few blocks away. 

Webb said the injured 16-year-old, who had allegedly been stabbed in the hand, ran to the high school asking for help. That prompted the school district to put all three schools into a temporary modified lockdown until they could establish what had happened because staff and some students were still at the facilities.

The 14-year-old suspect was at large when police arrived, Webb said. He and two other officers apprehended the boy a short time later and took him into custody without incident. The boy was charged with third-degree assault and taken to the Coos County juvenile detention facility.

The injured student was taken by Bay Cities Ambulance to Southern Coos Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. Both boys are students at Bandon High School and were acquainted, but the 14-year-old was not currently attending school, according to Webb. The World does not release the names of juveniles involved in crimes.

The public was never in any danger and the temporary school lockdown was a precautionary measure until the school district had more information, Webb said. The incident is still under investigation.