A 13-year-old boy has been stabbed near a high school in Nanaimo, and a 15-year-old has been arrested.

RCMP say there was some kind of altercation between the two boys near a high school on Thursday afternoon, although neither of them attends the school.

The victim was stabbed in the stomach with a small paring knife and taken to hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.

The suspect was arrested near the scene and police are recommending a charge of assault with a weapon.