The mother of fifteen-year-old Matthew McCree, who was stabbed to death during a third-period history class at the Bronx Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation on Wednesday morning, described her son as a "wonderful" person who "don't even come close to being a bully" during a tearful Friday afternoon press conference.

"I just want to make it clear that my son Matthew McCree wasn't a bully," Louna Dennis said. "My son was loved by so many people. I'm pretty sure none of you guys can show me a bully that was loved—none of you guys can do it."

"My son was wonderful," she added. "The morning before my son died he made my last breakfast. He was sweet to make breakfast for me because I was running late for work. And I had to force myself to eat because I said he took the time out to make breakfast for me."

Dennis, joined by her mother, also criticized the media for presenting her son as a bad kid. In the wake of the fatal stabbing, suspect Abel Cedeno told police that he purchased the weapon, a three-inch switchblade, on Amazon. He also said that he had been relentlessly bullied for the first few weeks of the school year.

Police did not initially say whether McCree and the other boy Cedeno stabbed, 16-year-old Ariane Laboy, had bullied Cedeno in the past. However on Thursday Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters that "it was teasing from other students, not these two."

Cedeno was targeted for his perceived homosexuality and because he is Hispanic, according to family and friends.

Laboy and McCree allegedly tossed paper and pencils at Cedeno just before the teenager pulled a knife on them, according to police. Police sources told the NY Times that McCree also threw a punch at Cedeno before he was stabbed.

The NY Post and the Daily News interviewed Cedeno from Rikers Island on Friday, where the 18-year-old reportedly said that he did not know Laboy or McCree, adding, "I guess I just snapped."

The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Cedeno, did not comment on his statements to the media on Friday but excoriated the tabloids for allegedly accessing their client under false pretenses.

"We are aghast that two reporters from the New York Post and the New York Daily News accessed our client at Rikers Island today, we believe, under a ruse that they were his attorneys," the organization stated. "When the Department of Correction became aware of this from a family member who was fortuitously visiting her brother, they immediately removed the reporters." (The Daily News denied the allegation stating that their reporter "informed Mr. Cedeno that she is a Daily News reporter before he agreed to be interviewed.")

Yesterday, Legal Aid attorney Deborah Rush referenced the "long history of bullying and intimidation Abel has endured."

Federal privacy laws protect disciplinary histories of individual students, according to the DOE.

"We take reports of bullying extremely seriously and have explicit protocols and robust training programs in place to ensure harassment, discrimination or bullying of any kind is immediately reported, investigated and addressed," said Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness.

"Honestly, there were so many stories that were going on, whether it was pencil throwing, paper throwing," Dennis told reporters at the offices of her attorney, Sanford Rubenstein. "My son is dead, my son is dead."

McCree's family has yet to file a civil suit, saying they'll address legal action after funeral arrangements have been made. But Rubenstein previewed his primary concerns Friday.

"There's some very serious issues here regarding the Department of Education and the NYPD school safety people with regard to these issues," Rubenstein said.

"One, why were there no metal detectors at the school? This is a school [where]... 45 percent of the students felt unsafe, in which there were two incidents with weapons all last year," he added.

An annual Department of Education survey found that 55 percent of students felt safe inside the building, according to DNAInfo. State education data for 2016 also showed three sex offenses, two assaults and nine instances of bullying or harassment at the school.

"We did not see any prior reason why we should have scanning at that school," NYPD School Safety Chief Brian Conroy told reporters Thursday. Metal detectors were installed Thursday, and will be in place indefinitely.

After Wednesday's fatal stabbing, some Bronx parents spoke out against screening students.

"Metal detectors will not prevent violent fights in our schools; we know that anything can be made into a weapon if a student is feeling trapped and desperate," stated the New Settlement Parent Action Committee, a Bronx parents group. "But if our schools are safe, affirming, and supportive environments for young people, we can eliminate violence in our schools altogether."

McCree dreamed of attending Fordham University to play basketball, according to his mother.

"Matthew excelled on average," she said. "Matthew loved school, loved, loved school, okay? My son could be sick with a fever and my son is going to school."