Student stabbed at South Side school

Father of offender: Teen was bullied
March 12, 2009 4:11:53 AM PDT
A male student was critically injured in a stabbing Wednesday morning at DuSable High School on the city's South Side. According to school officials, a fight broke out around 9 a.m. at DuSable High School, 4934 S. Wabash Ave. One student was stabbed.

"We heard a big noise and stuff in the hallway. But we didn't know what happened until everybody came and said somebody got stabbed," said Kenneth Moore, DuSable student.

The 16-year-old victim was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where, according to officials, he is improving.

The 15-year-old offender, also a student, is in custody. His father told ABC7 his son acted out of self defense against a bully.

"He just defended himself, OK? This has been going on since October. OK? I'm telling you right now, it seems like they turned a deaf ear," said Derome, father of accused attacker. "I don't know if they document anything or what. Ok? I was up here every time something was going on."

The 15-year-old's father told ABC7 he and his son had just met with a counselor about the problems with this bully when his son went to get his homework. The 16-year-old allegedly confronted the 15-year-old at his locker, so Derome's son ran back into the counselor's office, where he grabbed scissors. He then allegedly stabbed the 16-year-old.

The Chicago Police Department is not commenting on the case. The school remains on lockdown.