Police: Baltimore City student stabbed at school

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Student Stabbed Inside Baltimore High School.

A 17-year-old student entered a West Baltimore high school science classroom and turned it into a bloody crime scene Tuesday, police said, stabbing a schoolmate multiple times in front of their peers. A student was stabbed by another student inside Renaissance Academy high school in Baltimore shortly before noon Tuesday, according to Baltimore police.

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police say a student stabbed another student at the Renaissance Academy in west Baltimore, leaving the student in critical condition. The suspect, a sophomore at the school who also was not identified, fled the scene but was taken into custody near his home in the 800 block of Vine St., Smith said. City schools chief executive Gregory Thornton said Renaissance Academy would be closed on Wednesday, though students would be asked to attend classes at “an alternative site” to be determined and announced by Tuesday evening. In that incident, a staff member became suspicious that the student was carrying a weapon in the building and called school police, school officials said in a statement. “At no time was the weapon used to threaten anyone, police resolution of the situation was accomplished quickly, and the safety of staff and students was assured,” the statement said. It doesn’t appear that any of the other students were in jeopardy.” “We need protection to keep the kids safe,” said a parent. “To keep the staff safe who want to come to work and not worry will they be attacked.” “To facilitate the investigation, Renaissance Academy students were relocated to Douglass Memorial Church and students from Booker T.

Those in the classroom when the stabbing occurred are “considered witnesses in this criminal investigation.” The case was handed over to the Baltimore Police Department because of the severity of the student’s injuries, Smith said. Gregory Thornton, Baltimore Public Schools CEO, said classes will not be conducted at Renaissance Academy on Wednesday, but students will be sent to another site. (TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Renaissance Academy is one of several city schools that saw its permanent school police officer reassigned this year amid a debate about whether officers should be allowed to carry their weapons in school buildings.

Hathaway also met with Thornton about the need for school officials and community leaders to figure out how to “reduce tensions that are boiling in the community, so they don’t spill over into the schools.” Sylvester Palmer, who moved across the street from Renaissance last week, said it took him days to realize that it was a school. He had proposed to close the school at the end of the academic year but reversed that decision amid an outcry from community leaders and school partners, who vowed to help it improve. There are too many great kids here, and we’re going to figure it out.” One of the school’s major supporters is the University of Maryland School of Social Work, which joined in protesting its planned closure. The university secured $720,000 in federal funding to help turn the school around, part of its Promise Heights revitalization initiative for that neighborhood.

Hallie Atwater, who serves as community schools coordinator for Renaissance Academy, said events like Tuesday’s stabbing “are devastating to us because we work so hard to combat the external forces to create a safe space for students to learn and grow. His death a week later sparked citywide protests against police brutality, and his funeral April 27 was followed by a period of rioting, looting and arson.

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