1 student dead, 1 hurt in Chicago school stabbings

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CHICAGO (AP) — One student died and another was hospitalized Thursday after a stabbing at a Chicago high school for children with behavioral and emotional needs, officials said.

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CHICAGO (AP) — One student died and another was hospitalized Thursday after a stabbing at a Chicago high school for children with behavioral and emotional needs, officials said.

Family members identified the victim as Chris Wormely, 17, who died a short time after the attack at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

A third student was being held by police after the stabbings that happened about 7:30 a.m. as the teens entered AMIkids Infinity Chicago on the city’s far South Side and before they had reached a security checkpoint, officials said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the death but said no other information was immediately available. The second victim sustained nonlife-threatening injuries, said Sherri Ulleg, spokeswoman for Tampa, Fla.-based AMIkids Inc., the private company that runs the school.

"The kids had had some previous tensions before but they had never had any kind of physical altercation prior to this," Ulleg said of the attacker and his victim. "They did receive counseling at school for some of the issues they were having."

The sister of the victim, Carleasa Wormely, said she didn’t know of any dispute her brother had with the teen in custody.

The school has a security checkpoint at the entrance where students are wanded with a hand-held metal detector before entering, Ulleg said. Staff members also are trained in conflict resolution.

AMIkids Inc. contracts with Chicago Public Schools and serves about 20 students with behavioral and emotional needs, said district spokesman Frank Shuftan.

"Kids who come to us, for the majority, are emotionally or learning disabled, and those kids have not been successful in public school," Ulleg said.

Students have typically been expelled from Chicago Public Schools or suspended for a long term, she said. They either stay at the school through graduation or transition back into public school, she said.

Classes were canceled Thursday and will resume Friday, when counselors will be on site for students and staff, Ulleg said.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the kids involved, and our students who treat each other like family," she said.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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