Teen was bullied before, but not by his vic
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.