10/29/02 JERSEY CITY, N.J.
– A student was shot and wounded inside a high school shortly after
classes started Tuesday and a suspect was arrested nearby.
The boy was
fired on once by a male who then left the Lincoln High School building,
according to Stan Eason, a spokesman for Mayor Glenn Cunningham. Classes
remained in session. (see
"It appears that the suspect, who may not have even been a student
there, walked in and shot the victim in the abdomen," Eason said.
However, the gunman turned out to be a student who told police he was
showing a classmate a gun in the basement of their high school Tuesday when
the gun fired, striking his classmate in the abdomen, a school official
said. The 17-year-old
suspect was arrested near Lincoln High School about a half hour after
the 8:30 a.m. shooting. According to Superintendent of Schools Charles Epps,
the shooter told police the small-caliber handgun accidentally fired.
The wounded youth, a 16-year-old boy, was taken to Jersey City Medical
Center for surgery, Mayor Glenn Cunningham said. The injury was not believed
to be life-threatening, said Brian K. Dorf, a spokesman for the mayor.
Classes remained in session, but some parents took their children out of
Nancy Wilson said she learned of the shooting from a cell phone call from
her daughter, Jasmia Wilson, 16, a sophomore. "Thank God she's got one.
Nobody notified me," Wilson, 33, said. She said Lincoln is plagued by
undisciplined and unruly students [Bully
Stops when Respect Begins]. "There are not only fights in the
hallways, there are fights in the classrooms," Wilson said.
School Guards use wands to check students for weapons at random, but
obviously missed this one [Crisis
Readiness Training]. The Superintendent reports that they are
considering whether metal detectors should be installed and more police
assigned to the school.
This incident coincides with the sentencing of 4 teenaged students from
another New Jersey school for a brutal sexual assault of a 13 year old
middle school student. The 17 year old leader (see
the Potentially Dangerous Student) of the attack punched, kicked,
slapped and held down the young girl while others sexually assaulted her. He
then sexually assaulted her. His attorney pointed out that he had difficulty
with anger [Anger
Management/De-escalation Training] since being struck by a car in the first grade, was in special
education classes, was abused as a child and was raped in the 6th
grade. The Prosecutor countered with, "This is a heinous act on a
13-year-old girl. Consider the severe impact it had on the victim and her
It was widely reported that Juvenile Crime was on the decrease just a
year ago. Many schools and parents had relaxed because of these reports.
However, newer data suggests that violence remains a difficult problem for
young people worldwide. Vigilance must be renewed and maintained to protect
our children, our students, from this violence. If you are concerned and
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Friday, November 1, 2002: While the Police and School
Administration were still sorting out the shooting above, 3 students from
Snyder High School were gunned down today on their lunch break. It appears
that a fight started on school grounds then spilled over to the street as
students left for lunch. During the fight, one boy entered a building and
returned with a 9mm handgun. He fired several shots into the crowd leaving 3
students wounded. Police have a 18 year old male in custody who was not a
student and are still searching for a 17 year old student. Parents, students
and officials are having difficulty coming to grips with the recent
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