Teen Who Stabbed Boy At School Won't Be Charged

A stabbing rocked a school recently, but there won't be much done about it.

The unnamed daughter of a German diplomat has been implicated in the stabbing of another student at the British International School in Georgetown, Washington. According to NBC Washington, the 12-year-old attacker used a knife to stab at a classmate when he disagreed with her on an unknown subject. When Metropolitan Police arrived at the scene, they quickly determined that a long-serrated scissor blade had been used to stab the victim. After catching wind of the incident, Secret Service agents were dispatched to the British International School to determine a cohesive timeline of events.

Unbelievably, the young culprit, who is the daughter of an unnamed member of the German Embassy, is shielded from legal prosecution by diplomatic immunity regulations. The Washington Post has revealed that the victim of the attack may have suffered from worse injuries if the blade had sliced a nearby artery to or around the wound.

The Washington Post also revealed information from a spokesman for the German Embassy, Matthias Wehler, who confirmed that the attacker was the daughter of a German diplomat. Mr. Wehler also emphasized that the unnamed German diplomat would reap the fallout for his or her daughter’s actions, saying: “This will not be ignored.”

Tuition costs at the prestigious British International School range from $27,000 during Elementary School and more than $33,000 during High School. According to the Daily Mail, the school hosts a large percentage of students who are related to currently serving foreign diplomats.

Diplomatic Immunity was first solidified as a concept during the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and specifies that “diplomats must not be liable to any form of arrest or detention.” This protection is extended to the family members of international diplomats and embassy members. So far, the treaty has been ratified by more than 191 countries and it is staunchly enforced across the world. Diplomatic immunity restrictions can only be removed if the person in question is designated ‘persona non grata’. Even still, there is a window of opportunity for the diplomats to operate in and leave the country while under diplomatic immunity.

The response from online commenters in relation to the Washington incident has been unsurprisingly divisive and places the spotlight on immigration laws and child protection laws. “I was next aware such law existed protecting diplomats and their family. I'm confused though, if the child had murdered instead of just injured the other child, she would still be immune to trial?” declared a Daily Mail user named L-MO.

Similar sentiment was echoed by another Daily Mail commenter, Galahad, who wrote: "'...as the daughter of a diplomat she is legally exempt from prosecution.' So the minor children of diplomats have a license to bend, fold, staple or mutilate their schoolmates? What's wrong with that concept?” One online commenter, known as ‘ron’ had something slightly different to offer the debate, writing: “there are good reasons diplomats are given immunity. it was never meant to put vicious kids beyond the law.”

Source: NY Daily News, Daily Mail
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