Posted on December 19, 2011

Stabbed Teacher Claims Assault Was to Kill Her

Poughkeepsie Journal, December 17, 2011

Cynthia Glozier, the Poughkeepsie High School teacher stabbed Thursday, said today through her attorney that the fellow English teacher who assaulted her was trying to kill her.

The teacher charged with the assault, Ronette Ricketts, is out of jail after someone posted her bail Friday.

Glozier remains in good condition at Saint Francis Hospital. Her attorney, Tom O’Neill said she was “extremely traumatized” by the attack.

His client, he said this afternoon, wanted to make clear that the stabbing incident was not the outcome of a fight.

“It was absolutely not a fight,” O’Neill said. “It was a vicious, unproved, premeditated attempt to kill her.”

Fortunately, he said, an administrator and one or two students in the high school hallway intervened to stop the attack.


As things return to normal in the Poughkeepsie High School community, new details are emerging in the case of a veteran English teacher who allegedly repeatedly stabbed a colleague with a screwdriver.


Ricketts, 40 from the Town of Poughkeepsie, is charged with first-degree attempted assault and second-degree assault, felonies, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

English teacher Cynthia Glozier, 54, of Rhinebeck, remained hospitalized Friday. Her condition was upgraded from stable to good on Friday, according to Saint Francis Hospital. She was stabbed 16 times in the face, back and upper torso, according to city police.