Teen charged with stabbing cheerleading coach

February 23, 2012 2:44:59 PM PST
A Chicago cheerleading coach was stabbed in the chest while trying to break up a fight between high school students.

Cheerleading coach Aiesha Bush, 21, was trying to break up the fight when she was stabbed in the chest Wednesday morning. She is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital with a collapsed lung and wound to her chest.

The 16-year-old accused of stabbing Bush faces battery charges, but Bush hopes those will be upgraded to attempted murder. Four other teenagers were also charged in the incident. All students involved attend Al Raby High School.

"I felt short-winded and then I looked at my hand, and it was full of blood. From that point, there was nothing else I could do," Bush said.

Bush said it took her a few minutes to realize she'd been stabbed.

The fight started inside Al Raby High School, Bush said, and continued as Bush and her cousin got into their car.

"The girls are coming, trying to pull on the door," Bush said.

The stabbing took place about a block from Al Raby High School, which is in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. CPS official say all students and their bags go through metal detectors at the building. Officials say the suspect likely stashed or got a hold of the knife outside of the building.