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Teacher fatally stabbed in front of students in Southern California

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:16 p.m. HST, Oct 12, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. >> An elementary school teacher was fatally stabbed while watching students play at a park during an outing that her school called "Fun Friday."

Long Beach police said Kellye Taylor, 53, was at a playground near the Huntington Academy when a man later identified as the father of her grandchildren attacked around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Soon after, officers arrested Steven Brown, 50, of Long Beach.

Investigators recovered the "sharp instrument" they believe Brown used, Sgt. Aaron Eaton said. Brown was taken to Long Beach's jail, where he was held on $1 million bail.

Witnesses told the Long Beach Press-Telegram (http://bit.ly/16X2i9X) that Taylor was stabbed in the neck while two dozen children played nearby.

"How could they do something like this in front of these babies," Pamela Huffman, Taylor's younger sister who also works at the school, told the newspaper. "All I could do was run to her. I saw her slip away. I knew she wasn't going to make it."

Taylor had custody of her grandchildren, which upset Brown, Huffman said. Police said Saturday they have not developed a possible motive.

When school resumes Monday, students and staff will have access to counselors.

"These babies are not going to want to go back to that park," Huffman said. "That was our park. Our park. Now what are we going to do?"

The Long Beach Register reported that the park, located near the school, had recent problems with drugs and crime.

"When a school teacher can't even be safe in a park, it's just ridiculous," resident Doug Hunt told the newspaper.

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cojef wrote:
Senseless crime committed by an individual that failed to learn how to manage stress at an early level. We all have choices to make. Evidently the home environment did not lend itself for a healthy upbringing. Modicum of behavior within the household was wholly lacking..
on October 12,2013 | 01:41PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
A senseless crime indeed. However, these senseless crimes are on the rise. I believe that the empowerment movement which wrongfully trains people at an early age that they are never wrong, even when they make mistakes, lest we suppress their self esteem has generated a whole generation of tail end yuppies and early generation X'ers that are selfish narcissists. I believe that I am not the only one who has come to this conclusion. Nowadays there is no such thing as humility and self restraint and having a person admit that they are wrong.
on October 12,2013 | 07:18PM
RichardCory wrote:
That's quite possibly the most absurd thing you could have chosen to blame this murder on. You literally know nothing about this person other than that he was a man. Bolster your claims with some stats, or maybe hold off on trying to paint an entire generation as being bred to become savage and psychotic murderers.
on October 12,2013 | 08:20PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I have not reviewed the literature on the subject, but many psychologists there is a marked rise in selfishness and narcissism among the younger generations. Even the populist social psychologist whose column runs in the Star Advertiser has commented on this rise in self love causing the youth to be uncaring to others. Admittedly I shouldn't paint an entire generation with one broad brush, all I meant to comment is on the rise of narcissism. RichardCory, you were right to call me on my over breadth of my comment, but I believe that you may have been a bit over broad yourself in saying that it is possibly the most absurd thing I could have stated.
on October 12,2013 | 10:27PM
mokebla wrote:
Well said braddah, it's reality and people won't except it. You shall know the truth and it will set you free.
on October 13,2013 | 02:45AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
The guy had an extreme amount of hatred for his mother-in-law. That's pretty clear.
on October 13,2013 | 09:05AM
soundofreason wrote:
He was as old as his mother in law and though he was the father, didn't mention that he was married to this lady's daughter. Marriage would have reduced the incoming "benefits".
on October 13,2013 | 10:25AM
typroctor wrote:
You can blame this on the breakdown of the black family unit. Welfare ruined the black community.
on October 13,2013 | 10:45AM
soundofreason wrote:
Welcome to the culture we have CREATED via entitlements. OH, and I AM taking bets on the marriage thing. Willing to put my money where my mouth is.
on October 13,2013 | 10:27AM
atilter wrote:
the community will rise up to regain the park as an integral part of their life fabric. where there's a will - there's a way!!! just don't give up!!
on October 13,2013 | 12:05PM
st1d wrote:
"How could they do something like this in front of these babies,"

why would she say "they"? she knows the suspect brown, is she saying someone else was with him at the time of the stabbing, like the mother of the children? the victim, taylor, took all of the grandchildren into her custody and away from the mother and father.

"they" is an interesting choice of words.

on October 13,2013 | 12:32PM
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