The stepfather of the 15-year-old who was fatally stabbed in a Bronx high school is speaking out against the claims that his stepson was a bully.
In an interview with the New York Post, 34-year-old Kyle Victor said his stepson Matthew McCree was not a “bad” kid.
“He was very loving,” Victor, told the New York Post. “Every child has their little ways and you know a 15-year-old — emotions and hormones running around — but he was in no way bad.”
On Wednesday, McCree was fatally stabbed by 18-year-old Abel Cedeno with a switchblade. Another student, identified by the New York Post as Ariane LaBoy, was stabbed in the chest but is in stable condition.
According to administrators at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, Cedeno was bullied by McCree and LaBoy since the beginning of the school year.
However, Victor, who raised McCree since he was seven, said “the media” is unfairly portraying his stepson as a bad person.
“They need to ask the right questions first before they paint someone and make them look like they’re some mean person,” Victor told the New York Post. “Matthew was not like that at all and they’re making it look like Mathew did not like gay people. That’s wrong, too.”
Friends of Cedeno told reporters the 18-year-old snapped because he was teased for being “flamboyant.”
Victor also went on to blast the school for not installing metal detectors.
“I mean, number one, the school does not have a metal detector,” Victor told the New York Post. “I mean, look at this area. This area is very violent and you mean to tell me with all these different ages of kids in the same school, a kindergarten right in the same vicinity, same complex? Come on.”
(Photo: Matthew McCree via Facebook)