Bronx Teen Student with Switchblade Fatally Stabs Classmate; Bullying Blamed

Bronx Teen Student with Switchblade Fatally Stabs Classmate; Bullying Blamed

A New York City high school and its neighborhood are reeling after a stabbing Wednesday left one student dead and another in grave condition, an incident the school's dean attributes to "What it's always about — Bullying."

An 18-year-old student of the school is in custody, and police say he fatally stabbed one of his fellow students — a 15-year-old boy — with a switchblade. The New York Police Department said another victim, a 16-year-old boy, was also stabbed in the arm and the torso and is in grave condition at an area hospital.

The melee unfolded about 15 minutes into third period at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, a public middle and high school in the Bronx, New York police said. About 1,100 students attend school in the building.

Abel Cedeno, 18, who is accused of stabbing Matthew McCree during school at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx

Abel Cedeno, 18, who is accused of stabbing Matthew McCree during school at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx

All our hearts are very heavy right now," Mayor Bill de Blasio told the media. "We will do all we can to support the school community, which is reeling right now."

It’s the first homicide on New York City school grounds since 2014, when a fight between two 14-year-old boys ended with one stabbed to death outside Intermediate School 117 in the Bronx. The last time someone was killed inside a school was at least 20 years ago.

After Wednesday's attack, the 18-year-old suspect walked out into a hallway, where he met a counselor and handed her a bloodied switchblade, police said. He went to the assistant principal’s office and quietly sat waiting for the authorities to arrive, New York Police Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce Boyce said.

 

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