Video has surfaced of a wild brawl between a members of a disbanded cheerleading squad and rival cheerleaders inside the Canarsie school in Brooklyn on Dec. 18, 2017.
A security guard was overwhelmed by the fist-flying, hair-pulling melee for several minutes until more staff members arrived to stop the chaos, notes the New York Daily News.
A lawyer for the teen victims, Marcel Florestal, said they intend to sue the city:
This is a school that’s known to have a lot of violence, and there was only one security person who was there and she couldn’t handle it. No one is secure in a situation like that. The school is not supervised.
Latoya Miller, a mother of one of the victims, stated:
I send my daughter to school to learn, not to fight. My concern is sending my child to school and not having to wonder if she is safe. Where was the school safety? They were not around when they attacked her.
The victim’s aunt, Precious Thomas, added:
Since she’s a freshman, she didn’t know that” ]about the hallway]. This is a location where people meet up to fight. It was a full brawl. How it was that it could occur at a school during school hours baffled me.
In the video, a group of girls surrounded Miller’s daughter and her friend to pummel them with fists and boots.
The parents of both of the victims claim that school officials did not properly investigate the incident, did not contact police, or adequately discipline the students.
Education Department spokeswoman Miranda Barbot refused to comment by citing federal student privacy laws, which only refer to actual student records, not videos of behavior.
(Source: New York Daily News)