THE BRONX - An investigation has found no evidence that bullying played a role in the fatal school stabbing of a 14-year-old Bronx boy.
According to a new report from the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation, nothing has been uncovered to show that victim Timothy Crump bullied 14-year-old Noel Estevez at I.S. 117 before he was killed.
Estevez's original attorney claimed that the teen was protecting himself following constant bullying when he stabbed Crump on June 18. His former lawyer placed blame on the school for failing to act on an alleged ongoing issue between the students.
However, the report shows that the only instance that Estevez and his family mentioned bullying was in phone conversations with an Administration for Children's Services worker, who says she spoke to an aunt that did not name anyone. It says that after interviewing 21 different staff members and two school safety agents at I.S. 117, each one denied any mention or evidence of bullying between Estevez and Crump while they were in school.
A school guidance counselor says that no safety transfer or home instruction request was filed for Estevez. Police interviewed as part of the investigation say that no police report of harassment was filed with them.
Police say that Estevez made a statement that he and Crump were friends until a dispute over a stolen phone.
The special investigation commissioner added that the day of the stabbing was Estevez's first day back in school in several weeks.