Teen was bul­lied be­fore, but not by his vic

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school . . . I guess he felt no way out other than to re­sort to the means that he did.”

Ce­deno’s mother vis­ited the school’s guid­ance coun­selor with­out any suc­cess, and the abuse be­gan as soon as school opened on Sept. 7, Horn­beck said.

City Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials, cit­ing stu­dent pri­vacy laws, would not say whether Ce­deno went to school staffers about any bul­ly­ing in­ci­dents.

Cops said Ce­deno smug­gled a switch­blade into the school and used it on his two class­mates as other stu­dents and two teach­ers watched in hor­ror.

Ev­ery­one agrees the fatal bat­tle started af­ter McCree and Laboy started throw­ing some­thing at Ce­deno in the class­room.

McCree’s friends in­sisted he was in­no­cently toss­ing a wad of pa­per to­ward a garbage can when it zipped past Ce­deno’s head — and the older stu­dent over­re­acted.

But Boyce said the pair started pelt­ing Ce­deno with crum­pled pa­pers and bro­ken pieces of pen­cil dur­ing their Wed­nes­day morn­ing his­tory class to ig­nite the grue­some ram­page.

San­ti­ago said the whole thing was over in sec­onds.

“Abel had his hand in his pocket, and he pulled out the blade,” said the high school stu­dent. “We were all just pan­ick­ing. There was so much blood.”

The Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment said it be­lieves the teacher, Ni­co­las Kennedy, acted ap­pro­pri­ately and he is not be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for wrong­do­ing. Kennedy started work­ing at the school last year, records show.

Metal de­tec­tors were in­stalled Thurs­day morn­ing in Pub­lic School 67, which con­tains the spe­cialty high school.

Ce­deno, in blue jeans and a gray hooded sweat­shirt, was placed un­der sui­cide watch and jailed with­out bail af­ter a hear­ing in Bronx Crim­i­nal Court.

“The de­fen­dant ad­mits to pur­chas­ing a (switch­blade) knife two weeks be­fore on­line and stab­bing two peo­ple,” said As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Nancy Borko.

“He’s ad­mit­ting stab­bing these peo­ple with a knife he or­dered.”

Ce­deno’s fam­ily mem­bers wept in the third row dur­ing the hear­ing, and left with­out ad­dress­ing the me­dia. Sev­eral stood in an ef­fort to get Ce­deno’s at­ten­tion as he en­tered the court­room.

Ce­deno spoke only once, when ques­tioned di­rectly by Judge Patsy Gould­bourne about a le­gal is­sue in­volv­ing an or­der of pro­tec­tion granted the sur­viv­ing vic­tim.

“Yes, I un­der­stand, your honor,” he replied.

Ce­deno, due back in court Tues­day, was also ex­pected to un­dergo a psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion.

Laboy re­mained in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion at St. Barn­abas Hos­pi­tal in the Bronx.

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