NYPD says bullying not eliminated as motive in deadly school stabbing

Police say bullying is not necessarily being eliminated as a possible motive in the stabbing of two boys at a New York City school Wednesday.

A 15-year-old boy was killed and a 16-year-old boy was injured when an 18-year-old fellow student allegedly stabbed them in the middle of class, police said. The attack happened at a Bronx building housing the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation and P.S. 67, police added.

Police said the suspect, Abel Cedeno, gave them a detailed statement in which he indicated the two stabbing victims only started bothering him on the day he allegedly stabbed each of them once in the chest.

Bob Boyce, chief of detectives for the New York Police Department, said Cedeno told investigators he had been verbally harassed by other students before the start of school “but not these two individuals.”

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Two teenagers were stabbed, one fatally, at P.S. 67 in the Bronx borough of New York, Sept. 27, 2017.

Cedeno was arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Cedeno was ordered held without bail after a brief court appearance today.

Cedeno’s lawyer from the Legal Aid Society requested medical attention and a psychiatric evaluation for Cedeno, and that he be placed on a suicide watch.

“We are currently meeting with our client and his family and reviewing the facts and circumstances of this case, including the long history of bullying and intimidation Abel has endured,” the Legal Aid Society said in a statement Thursday.

The judge imposed an order of protection for the surviving victim.

Cedeno’s mother is in Puerto Rico and is unable to be in contact with police because of Hurricane Maria, police said, and detectives are instead communicating with his older brother.

A knife with a 3-inch blade and a 4-inch handle was allegedly used in the attack and recovered at the scene Wednesday, police said.

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Knife an 18-year-old allegedly used to stab two classmates at a New York City high school, killing one, on Sept. 27, 2017.

The school did not have metal detectors at the time, officials said, adding that the knife would have been detected if there had been.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio inspected new metal detectors that were placed in the school this morning.

Assistant Chief Brian Conroy of the NYPD’s school safety division suggested the school’s new metal detectors could be temporary.

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