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Teacher's Union says Patterson High School stabbing suspect was bullied

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Posted at 9:36 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 07:30:14-04

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Baltimore Teacher's Union says the student who did the stabbing of a student at Patterson High School was being bullied.

RELATED: Student stabbed in fight at Patterson High School

On Monday, a student was stabbed during a fight at the high school, said Baltimore City Schools.

They say school police responded to the fight and the stabbed student was taken to a hospital for medical treatment. The second student identified as 16-year-old Bernard Hopkins was arrested without incident.

The Teacher's Union released the following statement stressing the need to increase school investment in deescalating situations before they happen:

The incident that occurred at Patterson High School on Monday is inexcusable. Violence of this nature, or of any nature, is completely unacceptable. It is extremely disturbing that in order to feel safe in the classroom, a child felt the need to bring a knife to school. This horrible incident has several layers. It is important to note that the student who did this stabbing was being bullied. Violence should never be tolerated and neither should bullying. This brings attention to the critical need for increased investments to fully-staff our schools with social workers and psychologists to help deflate situations like this before escalate. Our goal as educators is working to create an environment where children feel safe at school, both mentally and physically. The BTU’s School Safety Task Force is working to tackle issues of bullying and violence and present real solutions to these problems. We are putting measures in place to dispense the proper consequences for students who bring weapons to school and use them to inflict bodily harm on others. We are deeply grateful to the educators and school staff for containing this situation in a quick manner.

Hopkins has been charged as an adult with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, dangerous weapon on school property, and possession of a switch blade knife.