The Latest: Stabbing suspect had history of being bullied
Posted September 28
NEW YORK — The Latest on two boys stabbed inside a classroom in New York (all times local):
Lawyers for an 18-year-old student charged with stabbing a classmate to death and seriously injuring another boy inside his New York City public school say their client had a long history of being bullied.
Abel Cedeno is accused of killing 15-year-old Matthew McCree and seriously injuring a 16-year-old. Police say he stabbed the two Wednesday morning after they picked on him during third-period history class at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife in the Bronx.
The Legal Aid Society represents Cedeno and says in a statement that his lawyers are working to sort out Cedeno's history of being harassed and bullied.
Cedeno was charged Thursday with murder and weapon possession.
Authorities say he told police he had bought a switchblade online for protection.
Authorities say the 18-year-old student accused of stabbing a classmate to death and seriously injuring another during history class told police he bought the knife online for protection and had been harassed since the school year started.
Abel Cedeno was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the stabbing death of 15-year-old Matthew McCree and wounding of a 16-year-old boy, who was in critical but stable condition.
Cadeno was charged Thursday with murder. His lawyer didn't immediately comment.
Police say Cedeno said he didn't have a problem with the boys until history class Wednesday. They were throwing bits of broken pencils and papers at him.
Police say Cedeno just snapped. He didn't tell police why he felt threatened, but students at the Bronx school say he dressed differently and was often teased.