Seeing someone getting stabbed in the hallways of a school is one of those fight or flight moments: do you step in to break it up, or stand there astonished? One high school football player did the heroic thing by stepping in to break up the fight.
Senior Justin Richardson (pictured) was walking through the hallways between classes at Poughkeepsie High School last Thursday when he saw one teacher being attacked by another. 40-year-old English teacher Ronette Ricketts was attacking Cynthia Glozier.
Witnesses and police tell the Poughkeepsie Journal Glozier was stabbed at least 16 times in the head, face and back with a screwdriver. Richardson was coming from a science class when he stepped in.
“I put my hands in between them and separated them,” Richardson, a linebacker, told the Journal. “I put my arm against her (Ricketts) and gave her a decent shove and pushed her into the corner.
“I tried to knock the screwdriver away from her,” he said. “It flew out of her hand.”
Richardson says he’s disappointed with Ricketts, with whom he previously had a falling out, because teachers are supposed to be role models for students. He’s also disappointed that about 20 other people, including a few adult staffers, stood around and watched the attack.
Richardson helped save the life of Glozier, who was treated at a hospital for stab wounds.
“I believe it could have been fatal,” said Richardson.