Deadly High School Stabbing

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A student is dead after being stabbed during a fight in a Denver Public Schools cafeteria.

District spokesman Mark Stevens says the 17-year-old boy died at a hospital a short time after being stabbed at Montbello High School in northeast Denver.

A fight broke out as third period lunch was ending and one of the participants pulled out a knife.

Police spokeswoman Detective Virginia Lopez says a 16-year-old boy was arrested off campus on suspicion of first-degree murder. Both were students at the school.

Lopez says it doesn't appear the fight was gang related.

Grief counselors were at the school this afternoon, while a crisis team, added security and police are planned for tomorrow.

Stevens says the death appeared to be the first homicide in the district in at least nine years.