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Fights escalate into deadly confrontations when knives come out

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Fights that may have once been settled with, a push here and a shove there, have quickly escalated into dangerous and deadly confrontations when one of the participants decides to use a knife.

On Thursday two students were stabbed while waiting in line to go through metal detectors before entering school. One student is dead and another student, who tried to help him, was seriously wounded.

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 schools executive director Willie Tubbs said the stabbing happened between two sets of school doors, before security personnel would have used a wand to check for weapons.

The student charged with the stabbing picked a good time to attack. The victims were stuck in line between two doorways making it difficult to escape or defend themselves. Read more?

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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