The mayor says the city has to examine the way it handles mental health and school safety issues following the stabbing of a 14-year-old boy in the Bronx.
Noel Estevez is accused of stabbing 14-year-old Timothy Crump during an argument outside I.S. 117 in Morris Heights Wednesday.
He's being tried as an adult for second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Prosecutors say Estevez admitted stabbing Crump during a fight at school, but the attorney for Estevez says his client was a victim of bullying and was being physically attacked by a group of children that included Crump.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking his first deputy and a number of city agencies to evaluate how to keep this kind of violence from happening.
He says, "Their work will, by necessity, take a hard look at how we as a city address mental health and safety in our schools. Protecting children in crisis is one of the most fundamental responsibilities we have, and we will make sure these families and this community have the answers they deserve."
Crump and Estevez were friends at one point.
Sources say Crump was under suspension for a year for punching another child.
Members of Crump's family have not yet commented.