New Rochelle continues to struggle with the aftermath of violence

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It's been nearly a week since a New Rochelle High School student stabbed a classmate and ran out of school, and police have yet to catch the suspect.

The entire community remains on high alert after three violent assaults involving students at New Rochelle High School.

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On Thursday, Jan. 18, police say a 15-year-old student, whose identity News 12 isn’t releasing, asked to use the restroom while in class. On his way to the door, he apparently stabbed a 16-year old boy twice in the torso, and then ran out of the school. It remains unclear what weapon the suspect used during his attack.

Police say they have some leads on where the suspect is. And police have filed an arrest warrant carrying a felony charge of first-degree assault against the suspect. Police do not believe the latest stabbing is connected to an assault the day before when the suspect was himself attacked by a group of teens at a pizza shop near school. They say the suspect has a violent past. In 2016, the suspect stabbed a classmate in the chest during a fight outside Isaac Young Middle School.

This all comes following a fatal stabbing on Jan. 10 at the Dunkin’ Donuts, where a student stabbed 16-year-old Valeree Schwab to death.

Hundreds of community members voiced their concerns in front of city and school district leaders at last night's public forum. “This tragic chain of events magnifies the need for additional mental health support in our school and help in identifying our children that are hurting,” says Dr. Carla Woolbright, of the New Rochelle NAACP Board. “I am in awe of the lack of sophistication, modernization of this school and I ask you as representatives of this board and parents to work on modernizing. Our kids can't know more than we know,” adds New Rochelle High School alum and parent Phillipa Wilson.

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