On Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest while aboard a subway train. The incident purportedly occurred on the J train while it was stopped at the Norwood Ave. station at 3 p.m. The victim, Clarence Davis, a student at Franklin K. Lane High School, was taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and is said to be in stable condition. Reports speculate that the attacker is another student, though no arrests have been made. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said that no fight had taken place in the high school’s yard (the only grounds within a school where fights have been known to occur). Apparently, a witness reported that members of two separate gangs agreed to take the fight, which had actually started on school grounds, elsewhere. The New York Post
reports that more than 20 students from two rival gangs boarded the
train and that a friend of the victim explains, “they were arguing
over colors.” The AP reports that a curved, 8-inch blade was found on the platform. The Daily News reports that the knife was actually 12 inches and the feud was specifically between the Bloods, Crips and Latin Kings. This is the stuff of New York City gang-related urban legend. The Times
reports that, according to a spokesman for New York City Transit, the
train was stopped and service ceased through the early evening. And I thought high school sucked when I went through it.
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