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Teen Slashed Classmate at Options Public Charter School

by Andrea Swalec — March 26, 2015 at 2:25 pm 1,373 4 Comments

Police at Options Public Charter School

(Updated at 5 p.m. Friday) A student at a charter school in Near Northeast slashed a fellow student with a boxcutter this afternoon.

One teen attacked another at Options Public Charter School about 1:40 p.m., police said. The pair reportedly had an ongoing dispute.

The victim was transported to Howard University Hospital, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department said Thursday afternoon. Police initially said the victim received serious but non-life threatening injuries, and then updated that assessment to describe “superficial” wounds.

The accused attacker was arrested, police said. Several police cars still lined the block of the at 1375 E St. NE school about 3:35 p.m.

Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen called the attack “very troubling.”

“I expect to hear more from MPD and the school,” Allen said.

The executive director of Options, Shannon Hodge, released the following statement Friday afternoon:

An incident occurred at the school yesterday that involved two students getting hurt by a pocket-sized object. School administrators called the police and paramedics. They quickly responded. One student was taken into custody and the other was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Options does not have a police officer on duty full time; School Resource Officers rove there, First District Commander Jeff Brown said.

Options was in the news this fall when a 22-year-old substitute teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a student, as Hill Now reported.

  • by what definition is Options in Kingman Park? It shares a block with Kingsman Field Park, but it’s at least a couple of blocks west of the Kingman Park neighborhood.

    • Thanks. Looks like one block too far west according to one estimate.

  • Stanly Hudson

    What a bullshit statement from the school. It’s been a long time, if ever, anyone was really in charge there

  • just a tad

    Not to mention that Options has been the news so often for all of the corruption at the top. “Options, an institution meant to change the lives of the city’s neediest children, served as a “cash-generating machine,” according to D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, who has asked the D.C. Superior Court to appoint a receiver to oversee the school.” (WaPo ) It takes a lot of funds to properly educate students with educational disabilities and, of course, the state education funds are often not enough. There is no room for skimming.


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