Police increase security around Dieruff following stabbing

Author: , Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published: Apr 08 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2013 11:13:08 PM EDT

Dieruff High School has increased its security after a stabbing last week just blocks away from the school sent a 16-year-old student to the hospital.

Over the weekend police arrested and charged Emil Encarnacion, 17, and continue to look for three more suspects.

There was a definite police presence as hundreds of students made their way home from Dieruff High school Monday afternoon.

Senior Damien Hammond said he wishes it wasn't necessary.

"It's not a bad school at all, it's a good place to go I don't know why people talk so much about it but it's a good place," he said.

Mother, Maitenise Pineiro, did not want to show her face but said she moved across Allentown to ensure her daughter would be attending a safer school and now has to take extra precautions to keep her peace of mind.

"I live not too far from here but still you never know what's going on from what happened on Friday if it's going to keep going or not so I just bring her and pick her up, " Pineiro said.

As for the added security, senior Edward Rodriguez said, "It makes me feel safer 'cause you never know what's going to happen it can happen anywhere...anywhere."

However neighbors say the security isn't necessarily needed within the hallways but in the streets as the kids make their way home.

""They need to have somebody out here watching these kids because you don't even know what they're doing out here. They're out arguing, fighting or whatever," said Mildred French who lives across the street from Dieruff.

Allentown police say Encarnacion is being charged as an adult in the case.