Teachers, Students Tell ‘Real Story’ Behind Fatal Classroom Stabbing

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by Max Eden

On Sept. 27, 2017, Abel Cedeno, an 18-year-old sophomore who had been bullied for his sexuality, snapped. Cedeno says he was being mocked by two boys; he pulled a black switchblade out of his backpack and stabbed them, killing Matthew McCree, 15.

Matthew’s death, in the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, was the first in New York City schools in decades. The story received substantial coverage, but his teachers and friends say the media missed the real story.

“If this were Parkland, the media would have never stopped asking why,” says Christopher Vasquez, who taught Matthew at the Bronx school. “They painted it like [Matthew] was the perp, like he was a thug. Fit it to their stereotypes and forgot about it.”

Read the full piece at the New York Post, originally appearing June 14, 2018.


Max Eden is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.  Eden’s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets, such as the Journal of School ChoiceEncyclopedia of Education Economics and FinanceWashington PostU.S. News and World ReportNational ReviewClaremont Review of Books, and The Weekly Standard.  He holds a B.A. in History from Yale University. Follow him on Twitter here.