Thrown pencils preceded Bronx fatal school stabbing, NYPD says

Ray Weaver
September 29, 2017

Investigators believe the argument came to a head Wednesday and got violent when someone threw a pencil at Cedeno, allegedly setting him off, CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported. A 16-year-old boy remains at the hospital in a critical but stable condition, also with chest wounds.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce said the suspect and been fighting with the two victims since school started back two weeks ago.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina says she is heartbroken by the violence. It escalated today after some back and forth within the classroom, ' Boyce said.

The 18-year-old then walked out into the hallway, where he met a counselor and handed her a bloodied switchblade, police said.

The incident took place at 10:45 a.m.at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, during third period history class.

There are 1,100 students who attend the schools in the building; P.S. 67, which has grades pre-K through five, is on the second floor.

It wasn't immediately clear where each of the students were enrolled, nor was it clear what prompted the altercation.

Abel Cedeno has been arrested on murder, manslaughter and other charges.

McCree, was stabbed in the chest, and after Dean Sampson performed CPR, the 15-year-old was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The school does not have metal detectors although police recorded 11 public safety episodes at the school in the first half of the year.

The Walton Family Foundation, the philanthropy governed by the family behind Walmart, pledged Tuesday to invest $2.2 million over the next two years in new charter schools in New York City that aim to be socioeconomically diverse.

Hornbeck said Cedeno often returned home in tears after enduring the bullying of McCree and the second stabbing victim Ariane Laboy, 16.

According to police sources, Cedeno never said a word to cops about why he was targeted by McCree, Laboy and other classmates since school began September 7.

The suspected attacker is in custody, police said. The school did not have metal detectors before the incident because a prior review deemed that they were not necessary, officials said. "And they're crying, wondering what is going on, and the school didn't even call me". She plans to pull her daughters out of school.

"I have been a staunch opponent of age-inappropriate co-locations throughout my tenure as borough president", said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz in a statement.

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