After Fatally Stabbing His Tormentor, Abel Cedeno Is Sentenced In New York
In September 2017, Abel Cedeno was arrested and found guilty after murdering one of his longtime bullies and severely injuring another at his Bronx high school. The reason? One we in the LGBTQ community may be all too familiar with: Childhood torment. While the best of us have chosen to never give up and let karma do it’s job (which trust me, it does), Cedeno had reached a breaking point after being ridiculed for his then-hidden sexuality for years. Cedeno maintains his actions were in self-defense of his aggressors.
According to NBC News, Cedeno was found guilty of manslaughter and assault and criminal possession of a weapon back in July. He was facing up to fifty years in prison. Cedeno has now been sentenced to fourteen years in prison for his crimes. He will get out of jail when he is thirty-four years old.
Murder should not be taken lightly, but I cannot help but feel there needs to be a broader conversation not only regarding bullying, but bullying of LGBTQ students. There must be action taken to protect all students, but my heart goes out especially to those LGBTQ students because I was one of those being bullied daily before I went to high school. Too many youth are ruining their own lives through their actions of being on the receiving end of bullying: Either by winding up with confidence issues, committing suicide, or revenge as mentioned in this article. This is a heinous tragedy and I am devastated for all of the parties involved.
Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributors and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or fellow contributors.
H/T: NBC News