NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager who says he was bullied before a fatal stabbing in a New York City classroom says he tried to walk away from his tormentors but he snapped when they continued to throw stuff at him.
Eighteen-year-old Abel Cedeno (seh-DAYN’-yoh) is out on bail after being charged with manslaughter in the September death of 15-year-old Matthew McCree at a Bronx high school.
He told WABC-TV the bullying dated back to middle school when he had long hair and was struggling with his sexuality, which made him easy prey for bullies. He says he often cut classes and at one point attempted suicide.
Cedeno’s attorney says he plans to sue the school system, saying the tragedy could have been prevented if faculty had done more to stop the bullying.