Bronx High School Student Stabbed In The Library of Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
THE BRONX, NEW YORK CITY (October 10, 2021) – A teenager and student at the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School was stabbed in the school’s library.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 7th in the Claremont district of the Bronx. A 16-year-old student was involved in an argument with an 18-year-old student over a phone charger.
At some point the altercation turned violent and the 16-year-old stabbed the other student multiple times in the stomach and legs. Paramedics were called to the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in order to help the victim.
They were taken to the hospital with serious injuries and are currently listed in stable condition. Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School added more school safety agents along with NYPD on Friday.
Anyone that may have more information about the library attack is encouraged to reach out to crime stoppers.
Liability In Bronx High School Library Stabbings
School shootings, stabbings and attacks are a substantial problem across the United States. According to the National Center For Education Statistics, “During the 2017–18 school year, 80 percent of public schools recorded that one or more incidents of violence, theft, or other crimes had taken place, amounting to 1.4 million incidents. […] In 2019, about 5 percent of students ages 12–18 reported that they had been afraid of attack or harm at school during the school year.” There are a number of steps that can be taken in order to prevent violence in schools under the New York State SAVE Legislation.
- Security personnel should be trained to de-escalate potentially violent situations.
- Students and faculty should be trained in conflict resolution.
- Students and faculty should be involved in peer mediation when appropriate.
- Informative materials should be disseminated regarding the early detection of potentially violent behaviors.
- Law enforcement should be contacted when crimes are committed. In many situations, law enforcement is not contacted for criminal behavior.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, a school district could potentially be liable if a student is stabbed, shot or assaulted while on campus. All property owners in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When a property owner has actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition on their property they must take measures to remedy the situation. This includes taking reasonable measures to prevent crime on a property. Failure to keep a property safe from violent criminal activity may give rise to a negligent security claim.
There are many measures that can be put in place to help reduce the likelihood of criminal behavior at a school. There should be proper lighting in parking lots, garages and stairwells. Security cameras should be placed in prominent locations throughout the school. The presence of security officers can help dissuade violent assaults and other criminal activity. The level of security that a school will need typically depends on: (1) whether the school is in a high crime area and (2) any history of violent criminal behavior at the school. Schools with a history of violent crimes should employ additional security measures to keep students and faculty safe.
Schools don’t like the bad publicity that can come with reporting criminal behavior. School administrators often fail to act on reports that they get about potentially violent students. This was the case in a fatal stabbing that took place at Jonathan law High School. A 16-year-old girl made a report that one student was potentially emotionally disturbed and a danger to himself and others. Counselors failed to notify school administrators of that report and the victim was later stabbed to death by that student. The school district reached a settlement with the family of the victim 6 years later. Victims of stabbings often suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
Even if the physical injuries of an assault completely heal, survivors are often left with long-lasting post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The family of any student that is attacked at school may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. School administrators will often fight hard to deny responsibility for any assault that takes place at their school. A Bronx premises liability attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bronx High School Library Stabbing
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the student stabbed at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School. Any person that may have information about this senseless attack should reach out to the NYPD. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
This incident raises a number of important safety questions. Has there been a history of similar incidents at this school? What did school officials potentially know about the assailant? Could this attack have been prevented? It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help make this high school safer for everyone.