The accused teen torpedo calls it a case of murder by mistake.
Jailed carnage think Abel Cedeno claims he brought a two-week old switchblade to school particularly for self-defense, with no suspicion of figure up two classmates.
“I theory we just snapped,” Cedeno told the Daily News in a Rikers Island interview. “I didn’t meant to kill him. we wanted to shock him.”
The bisexual Bronx teen accused of fatally gutting classmate Matthew McRee, 15, insisted Friday that he never dictated to thrust the serrated knife into his unarmed victim’s torso.
McRee’s best friend, 16-year-old Ariane Laboy, was stabbed in the chest Wednesday morning during a story category that incited into a bloodbath before frightened students and faculty.
Laboy remained hospitalized two days after the attack.
Cedeno, speaking at the jail where he was held but bail and under a self-murder watch, insisted he was the victim of anti-gay bullying prolonged before his angry blast inside the East Tremont high school.
“They brag me given I’m different,” pronounced Cedeno, 18, who was charged with murder and attempted murder in the Bronx classroom melee. “I’m not like the other guys. My voice is higher.”
The soft-spoken think chatted with a contributor in an prosaic tinge about the written and spasmodic earthy abuse inflicted on him given center school over his sexuality.
Fellow students slurred him as a “f—-t,” while angrier classmates slammed Cedeno into corridor lockers, he said.
Cedeno, who pronounced he identifies as bisexual, wore a gray jumpsuit as he answered questions about the first slaying inside a city school given 1993.
At one point, he private his eyeglasses and wiped at his eyes.
The accused torpedo pronounced he was uncertain if the stabbing really happened after he walked into the school principal’s bureau and surrendered the knife.
“I was having a panic attack,” he said.
Cedeno, who brought the switchblade online about two weeks before to the bloody school stabbing spree, insisted that he finished the squeeze “to strengthen myself.”
He was arrested but occurrence after stabbing McRee and Laboy at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, cops said.
On Friday, about half the tyro physique stayed home rather then return to the stage of the crime.
Both Mayor de Blasio and the City Council announced plans for Monday hearings on the bullying issue.
Statistics prove that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and doubt students are twice as likely to be bullied in city schools as heterosexual kids.
The 2015 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows 24% of LGBTQ students were bullied on school property, compared with 13% of non-LGBTQ youth.
Roughly half of LGBTQ students had gifted depression, compared to about a entertain of their non-LGBTQ peers, the study indicated.
And despite Education Department moves to support LGBTQ students, including the employing of a open liaison, some-more needs to be done, according to critics.
“Principals and teachers still feel unsupported in their efforts to fight bullying in their schools, generally as it relates to LGBT issues,” pronounced Council member Daniel Dromm, chair of its preparation committee.
Cedeno recounted a rather weak life, bouncing between homes and a preserve in Queens and the Bronx and attending at slightest 7 opposite schools over the years.
This was his fifth year at the wildlife-focused “Zoo School,” where he was repeating the 12th grade.
“Abell felt an siege given all his closest friends had already graduated,” pronounced a school math teacher Friday. “He was committed to the behaving arts. Abel wanted to be an actor.”
Though classes only started on Sept. 7, Cedeno estimated he had already missed 10 days. His father is battling lung cancer, and his mom is trapped in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria.
Family friends explain Cedeno was the aim of racial and anti-gay slurs given the school year began 3 weeks ago. But police pronounced conjunction of the youths stabbed Wednesday had any before beef with Cedeno.
“I will hold their memory in my heart,” Cedeno pronounced of MeRee, who died shortly after the stabbing, and Laboy, who remained hospitalized.
Cedeno concurred ignoring family members and other supporters who incited out for his Thursday prosecution in Bronx Criminal Court.
“I didn’t spin around to demeanour at the people,” he said. “I feel like a failure.”
With KERRY BURKE
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