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POLICE PROBE SLASHING, GUN THREAT

Police are looking into two unrelated incidents -- a razor slashing and a gun threat -- that involved students from Kensington High School this week.

Jessica Haney, 14, was twice slashed with a razor when a gang of girls attacked her and two friends at Hempstead and Bailey avenues while they were en route to Kensington High Thursday.

Jessica was taken to Children's Hospital, where she received five stitches to her face and 20 to her right arm, authorities said. Several other girls were beaten up.

Charges of second-degree gang assault, disorderly conduct and harassment were brought against Shawntia McNeil, 16, of Newburgh Street; Lataya Williams, 17, of Box Avenue; Starr Beal, 17, of Box Avenue; and Aishah Morrow, 18, of East Utica Street.

A 15-year-old girl accused of slashing Jessica also was apprehended, according to Police Officer Clay Twitty.

"The victims were from Kensington High School, but the girls who were arrested are students at Bennett and Emerson high schools," said William Jackson, director of security for Buffalo Public Schools. A day earlier at Kensington, Robert L. Tate, 17, Texas Street, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a school security officer found a loaded handgun in his locker.

School officials said Tate is a special-education student and must be returned to school after a 45-day suspension. Unlike other students, who receive a one-year suspension if convicted of possessing a firearm in school, special-education students are exempt from the harsher punishment, the officials said.

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