JHS 123 students return through metal detectors after stabbing of 12-year-old girl
Students at J.H.S. 123 in the Soundview section of the Bronx saw a few changes today to the way they enter the building. This time it was through metal detectors.
This is a new safety measure that the school is taking to protect its students after police say they arrested a 14-year-old girl for stabbing a 12-year-old girl in the leg yesterday during a fight.
News 12 is told the teenage girl is now facing multiple charges, including two counts of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and acting in a manner that is injurious to a child younger than 17 years old. Some parents say more can be done.
"The person got arrested, but what kind of help are they going to get?" asked Michael Beltzer, the father of an eighth grade student at the school. "Is anybody talking to these youth that are doing these crimes and figuring out why they're doing them?"
Parents like Beltzer say this incident is even more of a concern as it comes just one day after a 15-year-old student was also stabbed at a Brooklyn high school. The DOE tells News 12 they will continue working to protect their students, as safety remains their top priority.
Council Member Amanda Farias told News 12: “My office is aware of the recent stabbing that occurred at J.H.S. 123 James M. Kieran in Soundview that injured one twelve year old girl. She was transported to Jacobi Medical Center and is on track to recovery. The precinct has confirmed there was an arrest made in regards to this incident. I am thankful to the first responders and the local precinct for their swift response to this incident at our school. Our students' safety is a top priority of mine and I will be continuing to be in close communication with our school administrators and local precinct on how my office can continue to work on decreasing incidents like this. I have already reached out to a trusted and active partner in our community and our schools that I fund to respond to incidents like this, Jacobi Medical Center’s Stand Up to Violence (SUV). They have been tapped in before to previous incidents in our school campuses and I will be connecting them to the school’s Principal to go over long and short term plans to work with students on de-escalation, coping mechanisms, and other restorative practices to work amongst their peers without violence. I look forward to working with the school staff, parents, and students more to ensure everyone feels safe when they walk into school.”