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Recent assaults at Boston schools involved students using city-issued Chromebooks as weapons

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  • School officials from the Boston Public Schools district reportedly failed to notify the police about three separate physical assaults that involved school-issued Google Chromebooks.
  • The incidents occurred between April 28 and May 3 at Richard Murphy School in Dorchester, Joyce Kilmer School in West Roxbury and Boston Latin Academy in Roxbury.
  • The first reported incident took place at Richard Murphy School on April 28, when a seventh-grader was struck in the head and face with a Chromebook.
  • Karen Pham, the mother of the victim, said the attack left her daughter bloodied and so injured that she needed five stitches at the hospital.
  • Another female student was reportedly struck at least six times in the head with a Chromebook at Joyce Kilmer School on May 2. The victim said she was attacked by a former friend and was hospitalized due to a concussion following the incident.
  • Authorities responded to Boston Latin Academy on May 3 after a girl was accused of hitting a boy with a Chromebook on the head over a classroom seat dispute.

School officials from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) district reportedly failed to notify the police about three separate incidents from late April to early May that involved students being physically assaulted with laptops.

The incidents occurred between April 28 and May 3 at Richard Murphy School in Dorchester, Joyce Kilmer School in West Roxbury and Boston Latin Academy in Roxbury, according to reports. All three assailants were accused of using Google Chromebooks provided to them by their respective public schools.

2 women stabbed in Boston’s Theater District hours after Chinatown meeting to address violence

  • Boston police said a fight that broke out between a group of about 10 people in the Theater District led to two women being stabbed.
  • The incident occurred hours after a Chinatown community virtual meeting was organized to address the violence in the neighborhood.
  • The women, aged between 20 and 40 years old, are now in stable condition and are expected to live.
  • No arrests have been made, police said. Investigators are still looking into surveillance videos and are asking eyewitnesses to come forward with any information.
  • City officials, elected officers and members of the community discussed the safety concerns of residents and businesses during the virtual meeting on Tuesday night.
  • “It’s not just calling for additional police presence but maybe with additional cameras, maybe bicycle patrols for police,” City Council President Ed Flynn told the Boston Herald. “It is critical we continue to partner with residents, the police and community to ensure that our businesses, residents, and visitors are safe when they are in the neighborhood.”

Two women were stabbed in Boston’s Theater District hours after a Chinatown community virtual meeting was organized to address the violence in the neighborhood, police said. 

Authorities responded to the scene at the intersection of Stuart Street and Warrenton Street at 2:19 a.m on Wednesday. They found two women bleeding from stab wounds that were incurred after a fight broke out between a group of about 10 people. Authorities believe the stabbing occurred as the group went out of the Tunnel bar located in the W Boston hotel building.