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Family to sue over student who was stabbed by bullied classmate

The family of a Bronx student who barely survived a classroom stabbing intends to file a lawsuit soon over the switchblade attack that left his best friend dead.

The family of Ariane LaBoy, 16, has hired attorney Matthew Blit, who said Sunday he will sue in Bronx Supreme Court over the horrifying incident last week by a bullied classmate.

“My client and his family are completely devastated by this tragedy that could have and should have been prevented,” Blit said in a statement. “Ariane LaBoy and the other children in that classroom are extremely lucky to be alive today.”

Police say Abel Cedeno, 18, stabbed Laboy and his friend, Matthew McCree, 15, Wednesday during a history class at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.

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Laboy, who was trying to defend McCree, was stabbed in the chest and emerged from a coma on Friday — only to learn that his best friend had died.

“On behalf of my client and his family, I ask that you allow them to grieve and heal in private,” Blit said.

Cedeno told the Daily News last week that he didn’t mean to kill his classmate.


(L-R) Ariane Laboy, 16, and Matthew McCree, 15, were both stabbed at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx. McCree died from his wounds.

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“I guess I just snapped,” Cedeno told the Daily News in a Rikers Island interview. “I didn’t mean to kill him. I wanted to scare him.”

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Blit has previously represented clients in high-profile cases against Mariah Carey and James Franco, among others.

Parents said the attack could have been prevented had metal detectors been at the school. The city put them in place the day after the bloodbath.

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