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Rawlings-Blake visits hospitalized student stabbed at West Baltimore school, calls attack 'tragic'

Rawlings-Blake visits hospitalized student stabbed at West Baltimore school, calls attack 'tragic'
A police officer puts up crime tape after the stabbing of a 17-year old male student at Renaissance High School. The victim, a junior, is in critical condition and the attacker, a 17-year old sophomore, was taken into custody. at Renaissance High School. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun)

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday she visited the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center to support the family of a student stabbed at a West Baltimore high school.

"My focus is on checking on the student," the mayor said. "I was at Shock Trauma with [Schools CEO] Dr. [Gregory] Thornton, giving my support to the family. The school police has a lot of work to do to figure out what happened. It is tragic to think a student could come in with a knife and do that much damage. It certainly does not speak well for the condition of our young people."

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A 17-year-old is charged as an adult in the stabbing, Baltimore police said Wednesday morning.

Donte Crawford, of the 800 block of Vine Street, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, police said. Crawford is being held at Central Booking in advance of a bail hearing, according to police.

The incident took place in a third-floor classroom around noon Tuesday at Renaissance Academy in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street, when a student was stabbed multiple times and left "fighting for his life," police said.

The victim, also a 17-year-old student, remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery, according to police.

Last week, a student involved in an altercation was found to have a loaded handgun at the school. Thornton said he is now reconsidering a plan to close down the school.

Renaissance Academy is one of several city schools that saw its permanent school police officer reassigned this year amid a debate about whether officers should be allowed to carry their weapons in school buildings.

Rawlings-Blake said police are reviewing how to better improve safety at schools.

"I believe the Baltimore City police and the school police are currently reviewing their policies," she said. "They're considering what's best to do for school security."

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