The city is closing the troubled Bronx school where a bisexual teen who said he was bullied fatally stabbed a classmate in September.
Education Department officials announced a plan to close the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Management on Monday morning, along with plans to shutter or merge roughly two dozen other struggling city schools, starting in June.
Education Department officials said the decision to close Wildlife came after failed attempts to turn the school around.
“Following the tragedy that took place in September, DOE leaders have visited the school frequently, including several visits from the Chancellor,” the DOE said in a statement Monday morning.
Student stabbed to death with switchblade at Bronx school
“Despite these additional interventions, there continues to be instability for students and staff, and the Chancellor has determined that Wildlife students will be better served at another school.”
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina will hold a morning press conference on her plans to close Wildlife and the other schools.
Urban Assembly has been under intense scrutiny since Abel Cedeno, 18, plunged a switchblade into the chest of fellow student Matthew McCree, 15, during their history class. Cedeno also stabbed McCree’s friend.
Cedeno pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge in the attack. He said he “snapped” after enduring weeks of anti-gay slurs and other abuse from classmates.
Since the stabbing, nearly two dozen parents requested transfers for their children, according to the DOE.
Other disturbing incidents at the school followed the stabbing.
Fatal stabbing at Bronx school
The Daily News reported that school officials failed to notify police after a freshman told administrators that bullies tried to sexually assault him in a boys locker room in October.
Principal Astrid Jacobo was also removed as the school’s head in October.
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