NEW YORK CITY, NY — 18-year-old high school student Abel Cedeno walked in handcuffs out of his school this morning for allegedly killing one bully with a three-inch switchblade and leaving another critically injured.
The tragic incident occurred at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx.
Investigators believe bullying sparked the motivation behind the attacks as one of the students, Matthew McCree, was throwing pencils at Cedeno during class. When Cedeno turned around and asked who did it, McCree confessed but claimed it was an accident. Based on initial reports, that's when Cedeno pulled out his switchblade, leading McCree to punch him. As a result, Cedeno allegedly pumped his knife into McCree's chest, killing him.
Another student, Ariane LaBoy, moved in to confront Cedeno but he was also stabbed and is now in critical condition.
Over a dozen students witnessed the mayhem, the teacher subsequently detaining Cedeno until police arrived while students rendered aid to the two that were stabbed.
"There were screams everywhere," classmates told the media. Most students were seen outside the school crying.
Police said Cedeno had been bullied since the beginning of the school year and fellow classmates alleged Cedeno was constantly picked on for being "bisexual and weird" and how he "just snapped."
Cedeno was arrested and escorted out of the school with many cameras on him. He has yet to be charged.
Mayor de Blasio called for an immediate increase in security at New York City schools, notably stressing the urgency for metal detectors.