Students Stabbed By Schoolmate On Far South Side; 1 Dead

UPDATED 03/01/12 4:35 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — One 17-year-old student is dead, and another is injured, after being stabbed by another student Thursday morning at a special school on the city’s Far South Side.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, the students were stabbed around 7:30 a.m. at Infinity High School, a therapeutic day school program housed in the old Oliver Goldsmith Elementary School, at 10211 S. Crandon Ave. in the South Deering neighborhood.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports the assailant got into an argument with one of the students before they lined up to go through a security checkpoint, and one started stabbing the other. The students are screened for metal objects with wands each day, but the stabbing happened before the students were screened.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports, exactly what sparked the attack was still under investigation Thursday afternoon.

The two students had had a previous dispute, and already had been counseled to try and resolve their differences, a representative said for Florida-based school operator AMI Kids said.

The second student stepped in an attempt to stop the attack, and was also stabbed.

The wounded students were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. One victim, identified by family members as Chris Wormley, later died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The other student remained in serious condition at the same hospital.

Despite searching, police were not able to find the weapon used in the stabbing. The suspect was in custody, but that was small comfort to the family of the teen who died. Wormley’s brother crumbled to the ground in the parking lot outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after learning of Chris’s death.

The other students at the school were sent home for the day around 9:30 a.m. Some were bussed away.

When they return on Friday, counselors will be on hand to talk to them about what happened.

Infinity High School is a privately-operated program in the Chicago Public Schools system for students with behavioral and emotional needs, operated by AMI Kids. The company has a stated mission of “separating a troubled past from a bright future” on its Web site.

Police spent most of the day inside Infinity. A spokesperson for the parent company – AMI Kids – said before school Thursday morning, some sort of altercation took place between Wormley and the student responsible for the stabbing. A third student apparently tried to intervene and was also stabbed.

Infinity executive director Willie Tubbs said, “we have not had a previous situation of this magnitude of any kind within the community, within our school, and this is just an unfortunate matter.”

Tubbs said the stabbing happened between two sets of school doors, before security personnel would have used a wand to check for weapons. Now, all security procedures will be reviewed. Chicago Public Schools officials said they would join AMI Kids to conduct a thorough review of security.

“Anytime anything happens, I think we will have to … look at everything that we do and how we do it. So everything is on the table at this point,” Tubbs said.

About 20 students attend the school. Some, but not all, are Chicago Public Schools students.

“My parents just live right across the street, and we know the kids that go there,” said local resident Maria Freund.

“It’s so close to home,” added neighbor Edwina Jones. “It’s so crazy.”

Some parents walking their children to a nearby elementary school couldn’t believe the incident happened so close to their homes.

“It’s scary, because this neighborhood is really a good neighborhood,” said Larry Thigpen.

“Really shocking to come outside and see something like this going on,” added Angel Harris.

Meanwhile, Wormley’s family was gathered at the hospital at the time of his death. As CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports, his family said he loved playing video games, and basketball; and that he was a good kid, who’d expressed concerns about violence at his school.

“He said the school is a bad school. That’s all they do is go in a fight and do stuff like that,” Wormley’s brother Davier Prince said. “He don’t do stuff like that.”

CBS 2’s Susan Carlson reports Prince was among those gathered outside Advocate Christ Thursday morning, He came to visit his brother, only to learn the devastating news that Chris didn’t make it.

Both Prince and Wormley’s cousin, Tyran Wormley, said the victim was a good kid who went to a tough school, and that Wormley became a victim because of the troubled students around him.

“He don’t do nothing; be in the house all day. He don’t gang bang. He don’t be into all that. All he does is play games, and that’s it,” Prince said.

Prince said he was asleep when the stabbing happened, but saw his brother last night. The biggest problem, Prince said, was that the school was such a troubled place.

Tyran Wormley says the school shares some blame for the fact that the stabbing happened.

“You would think that you could send your child to school without him, you know, being murdered,” added Tyran Wormley. “You know, it’s just unbelievable. … In my opinion, the school should have saw this coming. They should have recognized there was a problem. So, I blame the school as well.”

The child who had the knife was arrested, and was in police custody within less than an hour of the stabbing.

  • tom sharp

    Quick Brizard and Rahm put him in a Charter School; they’ll turn him around! It’s all those bad teachers at CPS that made him into a criminal! Ha Ha Ha!

    • Jim

      Hilarious, Tom!

    • steve

      A dull comment from a not to sharp intellect, tom dull.

  • Mr. Justice

    Chicago should ban all knives. We need knife control. 2 to 3 day waiting period to purchase a knife. Background check on all who want to buy one. Any person who wants to carry a knife should have a permit issued by the Govt’. These measures would stamp out senseless knife attacks by young children. Its’ not the criminals fault that they knife people. It is the knife manufactures who are at fault. They should all be sued and shut down. A knife-less society would be a safe society!

    • Silver


      I propose a knife registration. $50.00 to register every Kitchen knife in City of Chicago, $100.00 for hunting knives.

      • Mr. Justice

        I like your thinking……lol

    • WetNurse

      Perhaps a registration and sharpening tax would be more appropriate?

  • John Bosanac

    How does a teen with no history of trouble problems, as the family points out, end up in a alternative High School professing to be there for troubled and behavioral impaired students?

    • David

      Its a therapeutic day school which are reserved for students who’s educational disabilities are so severe that they cannot function in a regular ed. school. It’s not the same as an alternative school where kids get kicked out of CPS for being “bad.”

    • steve

      Finally, a coherent comment/question. I agree with what you wrote. Part of the problem is that the parents chose not to see it, or saw it and chose to ignore it. They should be held liable as well.

      • Debra Washington

        ooooooooo, Looks like Steve is one of them!

      • Jim

        That’s the way it’s done down there in blackville, steve.

  • Former IL Resident....

    These students are put into an enviornment that is criminal! All students are CHILDREN and need an improved enviornment…..Soooo Administartion had a grip on this incident because Administration claims thaey Counseled these students?

    Wake up! Schools need IMPROVEMENT……

    • Jim

      All of the schools on the southside are a criminal environment! Look who is attending those schools!

      • steve

        Let’s see, there are a number of Catholic schools on the south side: St. Rita, for one high school, and several Catholic elementary schools like St. Barnabas and Most Holy Redeemer. You’re so open minded when you write “All of the schools on the southside are a criminal environment…” Do you think before you write?

      • Pathetic!

        @steve, I stand corrected, sir. Predominently black, public schools. Better?

      • Jim

        Oops,sorry. Wrong alias.

      • John Bosanac

        Jim what do you say to people of other races, that lose there loved ones in school violence. What do you say to the families in Ohio, Columbine, and other places that suffer through these senseless acts. Not all are black, Hispanic or any other race or creed.
        This senseless violence is happening all over our nation, not just on the south-side of Chicago. We all have our bad people, in every race. No race is immune to senseless violence.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    This is a South Side school made up of South Side students born of South Side parents. This is typical behavior of those born and bred into violence.

    Racism? NO Realism? YES

    • THEE Yard Ape

      @Leroy – As always good sir. BRAVO !!!!

    • Lyndia

      Where do your silly azz live it?

    • Lyndia


      • THEE Yard Ape

        @blue-gum-Lyndia, I would love to get into you baby!!!!! Is that where you be hangin’ at madison & cicero???


        Your Favorite Honkey

  • snakes

    Until an example is made in front of the other kids, these attacks will never stop. Let the other kids see the attacker get his share (lashing, hanging, etc.). Maybe the other kids will not want to experience the same “share”.

  • steve

    Debra WASHINGTON and Jim no-name: your wit is as sharp as Tom’s…dull beyond belief. Can you get past the color and look at the real reason why this happened? By the way, I am white.

    • tom sharp

      White doesn’t exclude you from being wrong or clueless. just look in the mirror to see the problem. Stop making excuses for the losers.

    • Maurice Hickenbottom

      This happened because negroes kill.

    • Lyndia

      Steve, you sound like you have some sense. I hate to tell you this, but nothing can stop things like this from happening. Some children are very angry and some are just plain crazy. I am not making excuses but just giving you a reason why this keeps occuring.

  • Jim

    The little homie was trying for his badge of honor a little early! Just another day in blackville!!!

  • g-man

    I bet if they had just one of those speed cameras up that would protect thems childrens. It;s all about child safety right Rahm ????

  • Ben Huchin

    It is sad that he lost his life in such a horrific way. It is just sad… I am tired, however, of hearing it is some public entity who is to blame(the CPS in this case) His family said the school should have “seen this coming” as his cousin said. The problem in todays society is that everyone looks at scapegoats and points the fingers at someone they can sue rather than the person who did the stabbing and ending murder. That is part of the annoyance on my part but more sad that this is part of society. The parent of the assailant is to blame and should have to serve some sort of time or community service.

  • Meeka

    Some people are so STUPID Chris was a good kid and if you can’t say nothing nice or respectful keep your comments to yourself. By the way the kid that did the stabbing was not black dumb ass

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