Kin of ’93 victim: Ed. bigs fail again
THE DETAILS of the city’s first school slaying since 1993 left Angela Jimenez heartbroken all over again.
“When (I read) that he stabbed the victim in the chest, I started crying,” the 43-year-old Lower East Side resident told the Daily News. “It was devastating. I cried. It just brings me flashbacks.
“It still, to this day, it still hurts.”
Her brother Angel Jimenez, 15, was fatally stabbed by a fellow student back in February 1993 in a dispute over a pair of sunglasses.
Bronx student Matthew McCree was just 15 as well when he was knifed to death Wednesday inside a classroom at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.
Jimenez noted other similarities between the slayings: Officials in both schools were supposedly aware of previous issues involving the suspected killer.
And neither school was equipped with metal detectors to expose the hidden blades brought inside the buildings nearly 25 years apart.
“What hurts me the most is that the Board of Education should wait for something like this to happen in order for them to do what’s right,” said the hospital worker.
“They failed,” she added. “They failed with my brother. The Board of Education has failed again.”
Angel Jimenez and his killer, John Rodriguez, butted heads on several occasions before the killing in a crowded hallway at Junior High School 25 on the Lower East Side. Friends of Bronx stabber Abel Cedeno claimed school officials ignored his complaints of bullying by fellow students before the knife-wielding teen lashed out.
In both cases, Angela Jimenez felt city school officials could have done more to defuse the situations before blood spilled in the schools.
“It’s devastating and it’s sad and it’s crazy that your children or your family member, whoever it is, supposed to go to school, it’s supposed to be the safest place, and things like this happen,” she added.
Angela sent her condolences to the McCree family, whose son was attacked in his history class and died in a Bronx hospital.
“I’m so sorry for their loss,” said Angela Jimenez. “Seeing my mom — and it’s been 24 years — she lost her whole life that day. So I can only imagine.”