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Respect for All week ends early with high school stabbings

A week set aside for classroom discussions about bullying and respecting one’s classmates ended abruptly today with stabbings at three city schools.

A 15-year-old student at the High School for Media and Communications in Manhattan was stabbed 16 times in the back and arm by a 16-year-old classmate who had been bullying the victim. Also today, a 17-year-old at Newtown High School in Queens was stabbed once in the back by another student, who wielded a steak knife. And a 15-year-old student was stabbed just after dismissal near IS 302 in East New York, Brooklyn.

Department of Education spokeswoman Marge Feinberg said in the first two incidents, the wounds were not life-threatening. And NY1 is reporting that the victim in the Brooklyn stabbing was taken to a local hospital.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is planning to hold a news conference tomorrow at noon outside of George Washington High School — the Washington Heights building that houses the High School for Media and Communications — to call for increased security in schools.

In a statement sent to reporters, Chancellor Joel Klein said that major crime in city schools was down ten percent from last year and that he would contact the families of the students who were stabbed. “In the last eight years, major crime in our schools has been cut nearly in half, but any level of violence in our schools cannot be tolerated,” Klein said.

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