A stabbing incident this morning in West Philadelphia left seven students injured — six from Boys’ Latin Charter School. BLCS CEO David Hardy reviewed the events.
Five students from the charter suffered minor stab wounds and one sustained a hand injury. Hardy said none of his students were found with a cutting device, and believes the stabber is from West Catholic High School.
Media Relations Officer Jillian Russell said the incident is still being investigated and no arrests have been made. it’s unclear weather the weapon used was a knife or another cutting device.
Russell confirmed the altercation started on the Market-Frankford Line and culminated at 46th and Market streets above ground.
At an assembly for the whole student body today, Hardy said he warned the students, “Don’t give it all away.” The nine-hour days, rigorous coursework and Saturday classes are sacrifices the students make for a better life. Hardy’s worried they’re not getting the bigger picture.
“I’m very concerned that not one student” called for an end to the altercation, Hardy said.
Parents were notified of the incident through a voicemail system, and a letter will be sent home with each student today. Students who feel unsafe about their commute to school can make arrangements for new plans.
“Any retaliation will be cause for expulsion,” Hardy said adamantly. “We don’t need anyone defending our honor.”