Teen Siblings Hospitalized After Bullying Nightmare at Greenpoint School

By Meredith Hoffman on December 4, 2013 1:49pm 

 Frances Perkins Academy, housed inside Automotive High School, has been the scene of recent bullying incidents, a local mother and police said.
Frances Perkins Academy, housed inside Automotive High School, has been the scene of recent bullying incidents, a local mother and police said.
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GREENPOINT — A 17-year-old girl and her 15-year-old brother who were given a security escort in the wake of a series of bullying incidents at their public high school were beaten by a group of classmates when they made a brief trip to a nearby deli without protection, police and relatives said.

The siblings — students at Frances Perkins Academy inside the Automotive High School on Bedford Avenue — had been assigned a security guard or member of the administration to walk them to and from the Nassau Ave. G train stop each day since early November because the bullying was so bad.

But after school on Monday, when the kids were waiting for an escort to walk them to the subway, the boy decided to make a quick trip to the nearby McCarren Deli for some juice just after dismissal time around 3 p.m.

He was jumped by a pack of classmates, according to their mother, whose name DNAinfo New York is withholding to protect her children. His sister was attacked as she tried to intervene.

"My son went to buy juice while he was waiting for someone to walk him to the train," said the mother.

"I'm afraid...The boys are going to keep doing this to my kids. Now I have to transfer my kids from this school."

Police said a group of boys approached the boy inside the deli and began attacking him, punching him in the face until his nose bled. His sister tried to intervene, and was punched in the forehead, police said.

The siblings were taken to Woodhull Hospital, treated and released, police said. The NYPD Detective Squad is looking into the attack and a 16-year-old boy had been questioned in connection to the incident, police said.

No arrests had been made by Tuesday, they said.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Education said they were looking into the matter but could not confirm any details. The school's principal did not immediately return requests for comment.

The teens' mother said the attack is the latest in a series of bullying incidents she blames on a classmate who has an unrequited crush on her daughter.

The bullying started at the school on Nov. 4 after the 15-year-old suitor asked her daughter to be his girlfriend, she said. When the girl refused, he punched her in the back of her left thigh at their lunch period in the cafeteria and said, "if you tell anyone, I'm going to hurt you and your brother," the mom said.

The bully, whose name is being withheld because he has not been charged, was suspended for 50 days, but he continued to stalk the girl at the Nassau Avenue G train station — often bringing his friends to intimidate her as she headed home, the mom said.

In response, a member of the school administration or a security guard started walking the girl and her brother to the subway, the mother explained. But the chaperoning can't protect them all the time, she said.

The mother said she requested that the bully be transferred out of the school, but was told that the Department of Education could not force him to move.

As a result, she said, she has no choice but to yank her daughter and son out of the school — even though her daughter is almost ready to graduate.

"My daughter's a senior. She only has six months left in high school... but we're leaving here now," lamented the mother, who said she planned to put in for a safety transfer immediately.

"My children are the victims, but I have to move them. It's not fair."

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