Perth Amboy schools to add extra security measures after 11-year-old boy's stabbing

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Perth Amboy schools to add extra security after 11-year-old's stabbing
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After protests this week, the Perth Amboy School District sent a letter to parents, promising changes. Anthony Johnson has the story.

PERTH AMBOY, New Jersey (WABC) -- After protests this week, the school district sent a letter to parents, promising changes after an 11-year-old boy was stabbed.

The district is proposing several recommendations to the board of education, including bringing in armed guards, metal detectors, and backpack searches.

Perth Amboy High School students walked out of classes Monday and another protest was held outside City Hall earlier this week.

While the stabbing happened off campus, authorities say it was the result of an argument that happened earlier in the day at school.

Authorities say 11-year-old Smailyn was stabbed on Johnstone Street last Wednesday as students were walking home from Samuel Shull Middle School.

The victim's father, Juan Jimenez, tells us his son was followed home and this attack was unprovoked.

Investigators say the suspect is also an 11-year-old boy. He is charged with juvenile delinquency crimes and is being held at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.

Jimenez says his son was stabbed twice in the abdomen and underwent surgery. It was a stranger in the area who first saw the 11-year-old hurt.

"I see him crying with blood on him, saying 'Help me, help me,'" said Zenobia Cruz, a resident. "I got out the car screaming to the EMTs 'Help, help, this boy is stabbed in the car.'"

"I'm not surprised because there are a lot of bad things that happen at the school. A lot of fights, getting jumped. Crazy stuff," said Andres Gonzalez, a student.

The city, the police department, and the school district sent a statement condemning the stabbing and said that they continue to work together to prevent and respond to acts of violence involving anyone in the school district.

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