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1 student dead, another wounded in Chicago school stabbing

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One student is dead and another wounded after being stabbed by a third student at a privately run high school in Chicago.

The dead student is identified as Chris Wormley, 17. He reportedly attended the alternative school for about a year.

News Affairs Officer Robert Perez and the Chicago Fire Department say they responded to AMIkids Infinity Chicago in the 10200 block of South Crandon Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Chicago Public Schools contracts with the Florida-based non-profit AMIkids, Inc. to run the school, according to CPS spokesman Frank Shuftan. He said the school has an enrollment of about 20 teens, both CPS and non-CPS students. He said many of the students have behavior or learning problems.

AMIkids has contracted with CPS since 2002, with the most recent contract signed in November last year. The district pays the non-profit $163 a day per student.

Officer Perez said the morning stabbing happened in the doorway of the school.

The victims were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in suburban Oak Lawn. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the death Thursday.

Police say a suspect is in custody. All three are students at AMIkids Infinity Chicago.

In an email, Shuftan said the district’s security response team went out to AMIkids Infinity Chicago this morning to work with Chicago police and the school’s staff.

A spokeswoman for AMIkids, Inc. said the school has no security guards, but that staff are trained in conflict resolution and other techniques to maintain control.

She said counselors will be available to students and staff Friday when classes resume.

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