New Rochelle – A 15-year-old student stabbed his schoolmate in a second floor classroom inside the school around 8:50 a.m. Thursday. The assailant fled the scene, New Rochelle police said.
New security changes, including more police officers patrolling New Rochelle High School, will be implemented following the third stabbing of a student in the past eight days involving students from the school.
On Wednesday, January 10th, 16-year-old New Rochelle High School Junior, Valeree Megan Schwab was fatally stabbed twice in the left side with what police believe is a steak knife, after a confrontation in New Rochelle allegedly by classmate, Z’Inah Brown at a nearby Dunkin Donuts. Brown made her first appearance in court Wednesday. She was charged with second-degree murder charges.
On Wednesday, a 16-year-old male student was stabbed two times in his left torso by another student inside New Rochelle High School on Thursday morning, the third violent incident in . He was rushed to a local hospital, and his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
It was standing room only at Thursday night’s special Board of Education meeting at New Rochelle City Hall, so many parents showed up to they couldn’t fit in the hearing room and were shut out from hearing a parade of speakers, letting district officials have it.
The school released the following statement:
“Access to New Rochelle High School is being tightly controlled today following a stabbing incident in the school this morning. Immediately after the incident, while one student involved was sought, the school was placed in a hold-in-place mode and the New Rochelle Police Department was notified. In a hold-in-place, students must remain in the class or room they are in, but classes continue. The school moved to a lockout protocol after the student was seen on security video leaving the building. The lockout was later modified to tight controls on access so that positively identified individuals with legitimate business can exit and enter. The victim received immediate medical attention and was transported in stable condition to an area hospital. We are working closely with the Police Department in investigating the incident.
Security at the school has been increased in the school since last week’s incident. Police are present at the school building today to assist with maintaining safety.”
“We are at a crossroads in New Rochelle,” New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice shares with Black Westchester. “The culture of dangerous youth violence which is present and persistent in parts around this country now as we have seen, also affects our hometown. While we can debate the causes ad nauseam, the reality is that this is an issue which must be confronted head on.”
Board of Ed. President Rachel Relkin and School Superintendent Brian Osborne in a statement invite the community to a District Information Session on Safety and Security on Tuesday, Jan. 23rd at 7 p.m.in the Whitney M. Young Auditorium at New Rochelle High School, located at 265 Clove Road, where more proposals will be outlined.
So far, no arrests have been made in this weeks stabbing incidents. stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story.