Two Middletown teens were stabbed Thursday night after a high school basketball game, according to police.
The Middletown boys varsity team was playing Monroe-Woodbury Thursday, and both the victims and the assailants appear to have attended the game.
Police said the stabbing doesn’t appear to be directly related to the game, though. The two victims were Middletown residents but not current students, and Middletown Superintendent Ken Eastwood said he had heard the suspects had gone to school not in Monroe-Woodbury but another neighboring district.
Eastwood said the incident started as a short scuffle in the high school’s lower bus loop, which some Middletown kids broke up. Then, the suspected assailants — how many were in that group is unclear at this point — got into a car to leave.
On the way out, they saw the two victims, a 17- and an 18-year-old, both male, walking away near the high-school baseball field and attacked them, Eastwood said.
One victim was cut in the hand, and went to Orange Regional Medical Center in a private vehicle. The other was stabbed in the lower ribs and abdomen, said police. Eastwood said some other students saw him, helped him back to the bus loop area and got assistance from school staff.
“They may have saved his life,” Eastwood said. “He was bleeding internally. If he had tried to do something on his own, or not been helped, we might be (telling) a different story.”
Both victims have been treated and are expected to live.
Police said they have limited information on the suspect or suspects, and are asking anyone who knows anything to call them at 343-3151. Police said witnesses can report information anonymously, if they wish.
UPDATE: Here’s a letter the district sent home to parents on the incident. It says “two individuals from a neighboring community” engaged two former Middletown high schoolers in a fight in the lower bus loop area, then followed the two victims in a car and got out near the baseball field to continue the fight. It praises the students who helped the two victims, and says the district will continue to improve on safety measures.