Susan Wagner High: Kids kicked, hit on head with gun outside SI school in viral video
A boy was beaten while he was down in a fetal position and another boy was seen lying on his back as an assailant hovered over him
STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK CITY: A student was punched and beaten in the head and another pistol-whipped outside a Staten Island High School on Monday, December 6. A few weeks ago, a similar brawl was spotted outside the same school.
In the video, a boy from Susan Wagner High School is being stomped and beaten while he is down in a fetal position, and another boy lies on his back as an assailant hovers over him with what seems to be a gun in one of his hands. Some sources have said that the assailant struck the prone teen with a firearm.
The Department of Education has clarified that both the attackers are not affiliated with any of the schools. The spokesperson of the Department of Education, Nathaniel Styer, said, "Ensuring our students can safely travel to and from school is the top priority of both the DOE and NYPS, and this deeply disturbing incident involving two individuals from outside the school community is unacceptable." Further, Nathaniel also added, "We are working closely with the NYPD to identify the perpetrators and we are providing the victims with support."
Some sources have also disclosed that the parents of students studying at the Staten Island School are furious because the administration did not communicate the incident with the parents timely. They were informed about an incident, however, they were not given the specific details about it.
The Department of Education said that the school had sent out a robocall informing parents about an unspecified incident on Monday evening. On Tuesday morning at 8.20, the presence of a gun was also informed in a subsequent call.
Meanwhile, the school is placed under a strict lockdown yet again after someone reported that a teen was seen brandishing a firearm outside an educational institution. Sources from law enforcement have revealed that three teens have been taken into custody and a gun was recovered from them.
Recently, several students were seen beating each other inside the school in the gym area as the staff members tried to intervene and stop them.
The school safety agents have been warning parents of a sudden dip in staff at school. Shortage in staff has left everyone shorthanded in such challenging circumstances. The city councilman, Joe Borelli, said that such violent incidents in and around schools should not come as a surprise. He said, "the decisions to erode school safety agent staffing levels and the broader decoupling from the broader NYPD has been a disaster from the get-go."