School Homicide

The Story

The murder of a student inside the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx stunned New York City this week. Abel Cedeno, an 18-year-old student, stabbed two younger boys who had reportedly bullied him, killing one. The death marks the first murder inside a city school building in more than two decades, and raises important questions about school safety and security.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Tense: The city’s 2016 School Survey showed an increase in violence and gang activity and a decline in order and mutual respect. Read more.

  2. Restorative: Even as state-compiled data show violent incidents increasing, Mayor de Blasio’s Department of Education has dramatically reduced the number of suspensions and in-school arrests. Read more.

  3. Security: New York City began removing metal detectors from school entrances in 2015 amid concerns that too much security was criminalizing the school atmosphere. Read more.

“The last two years we’ve had a rise in weapons being brought to the schools. This is what it leads to—a child being killed—and I am angry because the mayor did not listen.”

Gregory Floyd, President, school safety agents’ union

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Who Killed School Discipline? By Kay S. Hymowitz (Spring 2000)

“Court decisions and federal laws have turned principals into psychobabbling bureaucrats. How can kids respect them?”

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