With tears in their eyes and a sense of urgency in their step, the injured teen's mother and sister arrived at Fremont High looking for answers.
Police said the 16-year-old was assaulted by two suspects on his way to school before the classes began.
"He did the right thing by running to school to make sure we can take care of him," said Fremont High principal Rafael Balderas.
Students said the area surrounding their school is unsafe, but some teens said they've grown accustomed to the criminal element of the neighborhood.
Student Irvin Ouna said there's a lot of gang violence around the school.
"Just people trying to bang on you," he said.
Parent Ligia Mendoza said she is going to start bringing her student to school.
"To be safe," she said.
Police are interviewing the victim to try to develop a composite sketch of the two suspects.
"One thing you'll find about the kids at Fremont, they're resilient," Balderas said.
"They're here to get themselves an education, and they're here to graduate."