8-year-old slashes fellow elementary school student in schoolyard fight
posted at 2:21 pm on June 13, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
A third-grader at a Bronx elementary school brought a knife to a fist fight. CBS New York reports that the child, whose named is being withheld, was arrested Tuesday following accusations that he slashed a 9-year-old with a double-edged razor blade during a lunchtime altercation.
The incident occurred at P.S. 132 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. The blade, still smeared with the blood of the victim, was recovered by police in the school’s playground.
School officials told authorities that the two students, both male, exchanged words before the younger one reached for his weapon and slashed the neck of the other. The 9-year-old was taken Bronx Lebanon Hospital. His wound required stitches.
The alleged assailant, meanwhile, is being charged as a juvenile, which means his case will be heard in family court. He faces assault and weapons possession charges.
One parent interviewed by a local radio station said she was not surprised to learn that a child as young as 8 came to school armed with a deadly weapon. The woman went on to note that even 6-year-olds—children in first grade—“feel the need to protect themselves” and come to school “prepared.”
The alleged slashing is not the first incident at the school to make headlines. Earlier this month, the principal canceled the fifth0grade graduation due to bad behavior on the students’ part.
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