One person was stabbed and another was taken into custody after a stabbing at a Hebrew school in Radnor, Pennsylvania. The suspect, a former employee of the school, was arrested 20 minutes after the attack after fleeing the scene. The incident happened on the morning of April 27.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Suspect Used to Work in the School’s Kitchen
CBS Philadelphia reports that the suspect is a former employee of the school. The employee formerly worked in the school’s kitchen. After the attack, he fled by train, but was quickly identified by other staff to responding officers. The suspect was taken into custody 20 minutes later, reports ABC Philadelphia.
2. The Victim Had Bleach Thrown in Their Face
The extent of the victim’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening. In addition to being stabbed in the head, the victim had bleach thrown in their face, reports CBS Philadelphia. There were no other injuries at the school after the attack. The weapon has been recovered by police, reports the Philly Inquirer.
3. ‘At No Time Was Any Student in Danger’
The school was placed on lockdown after the incident, reports ABC Philadelphia. In a statement to the station, Head of School Sharon Levin said “[the incident took place] while all of our students were in class…. As a precautionary measure, our school immediately followed our lock down procedure and at no time was any student or employee in any danger.”
4. The School Counts Jake Tapper Among its Alumni
Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy is located along the 200 block of South Bryn Mawr Avenue in Radnor, Pennsylvania, less than 20 miles north west of Philadelphia. There are 317 students at the school in addition to 63 members of staff. It’s divided between a middle school and high school. The school is the alma-mater of CNN newsman Jake Tapper. He graduated from the school in 1987. Back in March 2015, Tapper was back at the school to speak about his time there at a charity event.
5. The School Just Fired Their Basketball Coach After It Emerged He Was a Drug Dealer
On April 3, 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the school’s basketball coach, Robert Kushner, had been fired after allegations that he was a drug dealer emerged. Kushner had been compelled by authorities to testify in the trial of six disgraced Philadelphia drug cops. During the proceedings, it emerged that Kushner had $81,000 and seven pounds of weed taken from him by cops, not all of which was declared during his trial. Kushner got probation in the case. Then, in 2011, Kushner was arrested again and convicted of possession with intent. He got a another probationary sentence in that case. Coach Kushner worked at Jack Barrack since 2010. The school told the Inquirer that they had no idea about his drug dealing past and that he passed a background check in when he was hired. Under Coach Kushner, the varsity basketball team made the Tri-County Independent School League championship game. The team lost 57-38 to Perkiomen.