Washington D.C.: Teen of foreign diplomat stabs U.S. student, won’t face charges due to diplomatic immunity


A girl stabbed a boy at an expensive prep school in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Most kids would be punished for such violent actions, but because this particular 12-year-old is the daughter of a diplomat, she won’t be arrested or face any sort of legal consequences. The girl, who is unidentified, stabbed a 13-year-old male classmate twice in the shoulder with scissors at the British International School of Washington in Georgetown just before 1 p.m., police said.

The victim was taken to Children’s National Medical Center. He was conscious and alert and is expected to be okay. The girl was detained, but, as the daughter of a diplomat, she will not be prosecuted, police said.

“Because of her diplomatic status, there’s going to be no arrest at this time,” MPD Inspector Mike Coligan said. “Any questions regarding the diplomatic status can be referred to the State Department.”

Police will consult with the attorney general and the State Department about potential criminal charges. Police did not say where the girl is from, and there’s no information on her motive.

Tuition at the British International School of Washington ranges from $24,000 for nursery students and $27,000 for elementary school kids to $33,000 for high school students.

Diplomats are given immunity from the host nation’s laws as prescribed by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

According to the treaty, which has been ratified by 191 countries, including the United States, ‘diplomats must not be liable to any form of arrest or detention.’

Article 29 of the treaty states that diplomats are immune from civil or criminal prosecution.

The document also stipulates that family members of diplomats living in the host country are given the same protections as the diplomats themselves.

Host countries are legally permitted to declare diplomats persona non grata, which would give the foreign emissaries a window of time to prepare to leave their post and return home.

If a diplomat refuses to leave despite being declared persona non grata, the host country is entitled to strip him or her of diplomatic immunity.

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