Teen who stabbed classmate over homophobic bullying found guilty of manslaughter

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Abel Cedeno was bullied by his classmate Matthew McCree, age 15, and stabbed him to death during the fight outside the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, in 2017. The Bronx Supreme Court qualified the incident as manslaughter, also charging the teen with assault and weapon possession. In addition to the fatal stabbing of McCree, Cedeno seriously a second classmate, Ariane Laboy. The boy, now 19, claims that it was an act of self-defense as a reaction on years of bullying. Cedeno’s lawyers told the court that he had suffered from years of severe homophobic bullying at school prior to the incident. The teen, who is bisexual, testified that he had brought a knife to school to “scare people away,” but a fight began in class when he was pelted with pencils and balls of paper. However, other classmates challenged his version of events, and claimed he was the perpetrator of the altercation that led to the stabbing. Cedeno, who will be sentenced in September, could face up to 25 years in prison on the manslaughter charges.

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