A 16-year-old student was stabbed yesterday in the chest at a public high school in Chelsea, Manhattan (NYC).
According to police, the victim was injured shortly after noon Tuesday at the Bayard Rustin Educational Campus at 351 W. 18th St. Paramedics took the victim to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, but police said he was not cooperating with investigators.
Two minors – one 17, the other whose age was not immediately clear – were detained.but charges were not immediately filed, he said Daily News.
“We are committed to providing safe and welcoming schools for our students, and violence has no place in them,” he said. Jenna Lyle, spokeswoman for NYC public schools. “Our dedicated educators and school security officers, who work every day to keep our children safe, responded immediately to this incident. We are providing the necessary follow-up support to this school community.”
This was the latest in a series of incidents of violence in and around public buildings in NYC and Long Islanda wave that since January led to the city’s school chancellor, David Banks, to describe the situation as a “state of emergency.”
Banks has argued that the schools themselves are safe, and attributes the rise in crime to conflicts after school.
At the end of March, a 13-year-old student was hospitalized in critical condition after a 12-year-old classmate stabbed him inside his high school on Long Island (NY). In mid-March, a 16-year-old teenager was shot on a playground next to an elementary school in the Bronx and the next day another episode of violence occurred at the hospital where he was being treated.
Days before, a 14-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of stabbing another 15-year-old in the leg during a confrontation inside a classroom at a charter high school in Inwood (Upper Manhattan). That same week a 17-year-old boy was shot in front of Martin Luther King High School in the Upper West Side, the first of three gang-related shootings in a five-hour span near schools in Manhattan.
Previously two 18-year-old students were shot at a warehouse near their school in Brooklyn (NYC) when leaving class. Also in March, a 47-year-old man was shot twice in a shooting outside a Brooklyn public school. In January, also in that county, three adolescents aged just 13, 14 and 15 were charged in the stabbing death of Nyheem Wright (17) during a apparent fight over a girl after school.
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