WASHINGTON - A teenage male student at the British International School of Washington was stabbed by a fellow female student on Tuesday, police said.
According to police, the 13-year-old victim was stabbed in the shoulder area of his back multiple times on the third floor of the school at around 12:50 p.m., which is located in 2000 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. When paramedics arrived, the boy was found conscious and breathing. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The 12-year-old suspect was detained at the scene, but D.C. police say the girl will not be arrested at this time because she has diplomatic immunity.
"We do not believe that any other students are in danger and the case is under investigation right now," said D.C. Police Inspector Mike Coligan. "The suspect has been identified. However, because of their diplomatic status, there is going to be no arrest at this time."
Police also say they will work with D.C.'s Attorney General Office and the U.S. State Department on possible criminal charges.
"The student body here are safe and well," said school principal Ian Piper. "We continued the school day as normal. We have spoken with the student body and will be releasing them as normal."
State Department spokesperson Ambrose Sayles said in a statement:
"We are aware of the reports and we have nothing further to provide at this time. We are not going to speculate on the specific situation.
"In general, under Article 37 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the members of the family forming part of the household of an accredited mission member enjoy the same [privileges and] immunities as the principal. If there are alleged criminal violations by persons with immunity from criminal jurisdiction, Department policy is to encourage law enforcement authorities to pursue investigations [vigorously] and if, following an investigation, a prosecutor informs the Department that, absent immunity, he would prosecute, to request the sending state in all cases to waive immunity so that all allegations may be fully adjudicated."
The British International School of Washington is one of the most exclusive schools in Washington. Diplomats from around the world send their children to the school and tuition costs upwards of $30,000 a year.