YONKERS, N.Y. (PIX11) — A 16-year-old boy is in the hospital, and two 17-year-olds are in police custody after a stabbing inside a Yonkers school Friday morning,  according to authorities.

The assault occurred inside Yonkers Middle High School on Rockland Avenue near Hillcrest Avenue around 8:40 a.m., police said.

The incident began when the victim and the two older students got into an argument near a second-floor bathroom inside the school, according to Detective Lt. Dean Politopoulos, a spokesperson for the Yonkers Police Department. 

“The victim was punched and kicked by the two other students,” Politopoulos said, at the scene, “and ultimately, he was stabbed at least three times. He has stab wounds to his extremities, and he also has two stab wounds to his torso.”

School security agents stopped the fight, he said, and the victim was taken to an area hospital for surgery. He’s listed in stable condition.

Students said that the crime took place during the second period of the academic day. Minutes after the incident happened, there was an announcement over the school’s public address system. 

“It said to just go on lockdown,” Ahmil Harris, an eighth grader, said. “So everybody got away from the door and locked the door and stuff.”

“I was scared, myself,” he added. “I hid in the corner.”

His mother, Gloria Harris, was among hundreds who took their students home early, she said, after the school contacted all of the families through a robocall.

Yaresni Acevedo, another parent, said that she pulled her eighth grader son out of class, as well.

“I just didn’t feel safe hearing that, that someone got stabbed here,” she told PIX11 News. “That’s just not safe for me.”

According to the school district, Yonkers Middle High School has in recent years ranked high on nationwide lists for academics, compiled by U.S. News and World Report.

Sanayah Lugodiaz, a seventh grader, said that she’s very happy at Yonkers Middle-High.

“I love this school,” she said. “This is like my favorite school that I’ve ever been to.”

She said that having the stabbing take place at a place of which she’s so fond makes it all the worse. She also said that she’s somewhat uncomfortable returning to school next week. 

“I’m a little scared,” she said, “after seeing what happened.”