Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Mother of teen, Manuel Guzman, fatally stabbed at Kansas City’s Northeast Middle School speaks out

The mother of a 14-year-old boy who died after he was stabbed several times in the bathroom of a Kansas City middle school is speaking out.Manuel Guzman died Tuesday night, several hours after he was taken to a hospital.”I couldn ‘t sleep for two days after I left the hospital. I couldn’t believe it,” said Vicenta Guzman, Manuel’s mother. Emergency crews were called to Northeast Middle School in the 4900 block of Independence Avenue shortly after 9 am Tuesday. Guzman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but died later.”What we can gather is there was some sort of confrontation that led up to this event,” a police spokesperson told KMBC.Kansas City police confirmed that the suspect, another student at the school, was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and the unlawful use of a weapon in Jackson County Juvenile Court.Despite moving away from Northeast Middle School, Vicenta Guzman said she allowed her only child to finish out eighth grade with his friends.”She took me right to the scene,” Vicenta Guzman said. She said she saw her son bleeding on the bathroom floor where he had been stabbed multiple times.”Everything was slow motion for me. I couldn’t feel the ground,” she said.Vicenta Guzman said she had just dropped him off at school minutes earlier when the principal assistant called her. She said she wants to know why the security guards couldn’t stop this from happening to her son.”What were they doing when this is happening?” she said. She said she was told another student went to use the restroom and discovered the scene.”I believe Manny went in that restroom and it was a setup,” Vicenta Guzman said. She wants to know how a knife got through the metal detectors and past security guards when students can only bring clear bags into school.”I don’t think they did their job right. I think they failed like the school failed. They failed Manny,” she said.Vicenta Guzman said her son was full of life. He loved food, cars, music, and people. He made friends everywhere. She said above all, she’ll miss his smile.”The way he was goofy. The way he hugged me. The way he kissed me. The way he petted my hair,” she said. help with their mental health.”I want the rest of the children who are living to succeed in life and to make a change so that they can be someone someday. They have the right to live and pursue their dreams,” she said. Guzman said she’ll seek justice for her son.”Everything about my son I’m going to miss. Who wouldn’t miss anything about Manny? Manny was my joy, my heartbeat, the reason why I lived, the reason why I worked two jobs to support him, to give him the best,” Vicenta Guzman said.

The mother of a 14-year-old boy who died after he was stabbed several times in the bathroom of a Kansas City middle school is speaking out.

Manuel Guzman died Tuesday night, several hours after he was taken to a hospital.

“I couldn’t sleep for two days after I left the hospital. I couldn’t believe it,” said Vicenta Guzman, Manuel’s mother.

Emergency crews were called to Northeast Middle School in the 4900 block of Independence Avenue shortly after 9 am Tuesday. Guzman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but died later.

“What we can gather is there was some sort of confrontation that led up to this event,” a police spokesperson told KMBC.

Kansas City police confirmed that the suspect, another student at the school, was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and the unlawful use of a weapon in Jackson County Juvenile Court.

Despite moving away from Northeast Middle School, Vicenta Guzman said she allowed her only child to finish out eighth grade with his friends.

“She took me right to the scene,” Vicenta Guzman said.

She said she saw her son bleeding on the bathroom floor where he had been stabbed multiple times.

“Everything was slow motion for me. I couldn’t feel the ground,” she said.

Vicenta Guzman said she had just dropped him off at school minutes earlier when the assistant principal called her. She said she wants to know why the security guards couldn’t stop this from happening to her son.

“What were they doing when this is happening?” she said.

She said she was told another student went to use the restroom and discovered the scene.

“I believe Manny went in that restroom and it was a setup,” Vicenta Guzman said.

She wants to know how a knife got through the metal detectors and past security guards when students can only bring clear bags into school.

“I don’t think they did their job right. I think they failed like the school failed. They failed Manny,” she said.

Vicenta Guzman said her son was full of life. He loved food, cars, music, and people. He made friends everywhere. She said above all, she’ll miss his smile.

“The way he was goofy. The way he hugged me. The way he kissed me. The way he petted my hair,” she said.

She hopes the students at school can get help with their mental health.

“I want the rest of the children who are living to succeed in life and to make a change so that they can be someone someday. They have the right to live and pursue their dreams,” she said.

Guzman said she’ll seek justice for her son.

“Everything about my son I’m going to miss. Who wouldn’t miss anything about Manny? Manny was my joy, my heartbeat, the reason why I lived, the reason why I worked two jobs to support him, to give him the best,” Vicenta Guzman said.

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