New York City school safety agents at Richmond Hill High School in Queens say they were outnumbered and unable to stop this fight on March 10, adding this was just the latest scuffle at the school with a serious gang problem.
When asked how often these fights happen at the school, one student said “not everyday, sometimes.” You might be saying, it’s high school. Students are going to fight every now and then. But Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, which represents the school safety agents says his members have also confiscated knives during these scuffles. “This was a full-scale riot,” Floyd said. “Our school safety agents were outnumbered.”
What’s more concerning, Floyd claims, is his safety agents are being encouraged by the de Blasio administration to hand out warnings to student trouble makers in lieu of arrests and summonses and intimidating agents into not reporting these fights back to their union.
“The Mayor seems content to say crime in school is going down when he knows it’s not true,” Floyd said. “And this is a cover-up because this is an election year for him, and he’s told the parents that schools are safe.”
PIX11 forwarded these claims to the Mayor’s Office for a response. A Mayor’s Office spokesperson Eric Phillips said there’s no truth to it.
“No evidence behind it. No idea where the suggestion comes from,” the statement read.
According to Mayor De Faustio and his spineless press speaker, what we have here is another marginal concern that is not that big a deal or a sign of escalating or pervasive gang activity among youths. It’s surprising that Eric Phillips there didn’t bring up the refrain that crime is the lowest it’s been in 25 years, which is usually the default reaction. But tone-deaf bullshit responses like that are usually uttered by the teflon mayor.
It’s bad enough that safety patrols, which are actually under the jurisdiction of the NYPD, not only have to fear getting injured or killed breaking up these moronic melees, but they have to live precariously for their jobs if they dutifully report them. Especially considering the recent disclosure of Officer Pantaleo’s prior abuses of authority that led to a CCRB member’s termination. Leaving it up to their union leader to address this issue. Which despite local media attention, will not result in necessary action.
In other incidents:
Bronx: In the Forest Houses projects, a woman, Aaliyah Alder, died from getting shot in the head in the apartment stairwell.