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.”

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