BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Board of Education will meet Wednesday to consider hiring an “independent security consultant contractor” to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the fight at McKinley High School that ended with a student stabbed and security guard shot in February.
According to a resolution obtained by News 4, the board believes it is also necessary to review the security of McKinley High School and other Buffalo Public Schools facilities. The resolution refers to the investigation as an “examination,” which would be undertaken under the supervision of General Counsel Nathaniel Kuzma.
The board will consider the resolution during a special meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The incident occurred on February 9th about 20 minutes after dismissal. A 14-year-old student was stabbed, resulting in puncture wounds to the colon, diaphragm, and kidney, according to prosecutors. A security guard coming to break up the fight was shot, authorities said.
Two 17-year-olds are facing charges in connection with the incident. One is accused of being involved in the fight which led to the stabbing. The other is accused of shooting the security guard.
Some students returned to McKinley High School for the first time since the incident Tuesday morning. Seniors are learning in-person, while all other grade levels are learning remotely. All four classes aren’t scheduled to be back in the school together until March 11.
Pastor James Giles of Buffalo Peacemakers says his organization will be available to help students make the adjustment back into the classroom.
“It’s been really a comprehensive effort put forth to make sure that returning students feel safe,” Giles said, “and also to send a message to the parents that measures are being taken (to make sure) what happened never happens again.”
Chris Horvatits is an award-winning reporter who joined the News 4 team in December 2017. See more of his work here.