High School Stabbing Leaves One Teenager Dead, Another Critically Wounded

Outside the school on Wednesday afternoon, frightened and angry parents gathered, demanding their children be released from inside the school building, which is at 2040 Mohegan Avenue.

As a scuffle broke out between anxious parents seeking news about their children, Kevin Sampson, the school’s dean, stood with his head in his hands. He had performed CPR on the student who died, he said.

“Two of my students got stabbed and one of them died,” Mr. Sampson said. “It was about what it’s always about, bullying,” he said.

In the first half of this year, the Police Department recorded 11 public safety episodes at the school, which has 545 students in grades 6 through 12, according to department data. There were two arrests, both for assault. There were also four reports of children in crisis and three reports of acts done by someone under the age of 16 that would be considered an offense if committed by an adult.

The public safety data also indicate the school does not scan students with metal detectors on their way in. This year’s public safety reports describe it as a “non-scanning” school.

The school was started in 2007 by the Urban Assembly, a nonprofit organization that runs 21 small schools across the city, serving primarily low-income and academically struggling students.

Three years ago, the school changed principals and appears to have faced some challenges since then: In a school survey conducted last year, just 55 percent of students said that they felt safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker rooms and cafeteria, down from 74 percent the year before.

Student test scores are low: This year 13 percent of the middle school students passed the state reading tests, and 5 percent passed the state math tests. In 2016, the school’s four-year high school graduation rate was 73 percent. More than half of the high school students were chronically absent that year, meaning they missed more than 10 percent of school days.

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Source: New York Times

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