2nd U.S. student is stabbed in South Africa


CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A second American exchange student was stabbed and badly wounded here Friday night, six weeks after Amy Biehl, a Fulbright scholar from California, was stabbed to death in a racial attack.

Danielle Marlin, 23, a volunteer teacher on a graduate exchange program from Brown University in Rhode Island, was in stable condition yesterday at Groote Schuur Hospital with seven stab wounds in the neck, chest and ribs, police spokeswoman Sgt. Virna Louw said.

Ms. Marlin was attacked about 7 p.m. by two men in a school building where she teaches math to eighth-graders, said Geoff Jacobs, headmaster of the Zonnebloem Nest School, an integrated school for about 90 students in a sprawling black township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Mr. Jacobs said Ms. Marlin, who is white, was awaiting a call at a public phone booth from her parents in Brattleboro, Vt., when she was chased down a corridor and stabbed.

Mr. Jacobs said the private school opened last year and aims to train students of all races "for leadership positions in the post-apartheid South Africa." He said Ms. Marlin arrived in January and was due to return home in December.

Ms. Marlin's backpack, containing books and letters, was found yesterday in a school trash can. "Robbery appears the motive," Sergeant Louw said. No arrests were made.

Mark Hill, a U.S. Embassy consular official, said the attack appeared to be "simple, senseless violence" rather than a campaign to target Americans.

"We don't have any reason to believe it was politically or racially motivated," he said.

Mr. Hill said there is no reason to believe the attack was linked to the visit of Linda and Peter Biehl, the parents of the 26-year-old Newport Beach, Calif., woman who was killed in Guguletu, a black township outside Cape Town, on Aug. 25.

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