It has been reported that after a fatal stabbing in a high school of a Boston suburb, a fifteen year old child is dead, and a sixteen your old has
been charged with first degree murder. At this point, the child has been arraigned where he has pleaded non guilty to the charge of first degree
murder. James Alenson, 15, the victim was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
SUDBURY, Massachusetts (AP) -- A 15-year-old student was stabbed to death Friday morning in the hallway of a high school in this affluent Boston
suburb, and a classmate was charged with the killing. James Alenson was stabbed in a fight with another male student before classes began at
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, District Attorney Gerard Leone said. The fight began in a bathroom and spilled into the hallway, Leone said.
Alenson, a freshman, was pronounced dead at a Concord hospital. The 16-year-old suspect, who was identified in court papers as John Odgren, of
Princeton, was to be arraigned as an adult on a murder charge Friday afternoon, Leone's office said. In first- and second-degree murder cases in
Massachusetts, anyone age 14 or older is automatically tried as an adult.
Leone, who would not comment on a possible motive, called the fight an "isolated incident" between the two students. "There is no thought or belief
that anyone else is in danger," he said.
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School violence has been a harsh reality in the last ten to fifteen years. We've gone from school massacres like Columbine, to the shooting of a six
year old elementary girl. This is the latest statistic to an already long list of innocent victims. It is reported that the two individuals broke
out into a fight in the bathroom, which left Mr. Alenson murdered, and the accused John Odgren is up on murder charges.
I normally express remorse for the victim and hope for leniency on the guilty. I am a firm believer that an eye for an eye is no way to do business.
But the continued thought of these young children losing their lives over petty disputes is beginning to become a little much. Making an example of
the guilty is not the way to approach this, but something has to be done to let it be known that children can not behave in this manner.
It has already been stated that he will be arraigned as an adult. I support this, the accused is sixteen which is more than enough to form some sort
My thoughts are with the families of both children, as both lost a child today.
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