City lawmakers are calling for an immediate community response to school violence, after a brutal school stabbing in Washington Heights Friday.
Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Assembly Member Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez gathered outside George Washington High School in Washington Heights Saturday -- the same school where a student was stabbed by another student multiple times Friday. They, along with parents and community advocates, are calling for an investigation into how school violence has grown to be so alarming.
"The incident that took place yesterday at George Washington High School is unacceptable," said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. "Besides sending a young man to the hospital, the event has forced many questions to resurface and to ultimately wonder if our zero tolerance policies have run its course."
Lawmakers are now calling for an investigation into why the metal detectors at the high school did not detect the weapon used in the incident. They're also seeking to equip students with better protection against bullying tactics within the schools.
The male student at the School for Media and Communications on the campus of George Washington High School was reportedly stabbed 16 times in the back and arm with a steak knife.
The victim was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is currently in stable condition.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun