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January 19, 2007
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Fatal stabbing at Mass. high school

The Associated Press
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Robert Sackstein, of Sudbury, Mass., the father of two students at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, leans in to speak to a police officer outside the high school in Sudbury, Friday.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Sudbury, Mass. -- A 15-year-old student was stabbed to death Friday morning in the hallway of a high school in this affluent Boston suburb, and a classmate was charged with the killing.

James Alenson was stabbed in a fight with another male student before classes began at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, District Attorney Gerard Leone said. The fight began in a bathroom and spilled into the hallway, Leone said.

Alenson, a freshman, was pronounced dead at a Concord hospital.

The 16-year-old suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was to be arraigned as an adult on a murder charge Friday afternoon, Leone's office said.

Leone, who would not comment on a possible motive, called the fight an "isolated incident" between the two students. "There is no thought or belief that anyone else is in danger," he said.

Mary Clemens, a 17-year-old senior, said that when she arrived at the campus, students had gathered in the cafeteria.

"We were told by an administrator that someone was stabbed and it was bad, that that person was taken to the hospital and someone else had been taken to the police," Clemens said.

Students were sent home that morning.

"We're obviously heartbroken dealing with this," said John Ritchie, the school's superintendent and principal.

About 1,600 students attend the school, which is about 15 miles west of Boston.


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