Videos capture violent fights inside M.S. 232

Videos from inside the halls and classrooms of M.S. 232 show students getting into violent fights, with seemingly no one there to stop them.

One eighth-grader says the Morris Heights middle school is a battleground where ostensibly anything goes. She says it has become so bad that she and her mother turned to News 12 for help because no one would listen to them.

The mother and daughter say there's a fight all too often during school hours, whether it's in the hallways, cafeteria, gym or even in classrooms while school staff is in the room.

News 12 showed up at dismissal twice this month, and heard both times about different fights from different students. A sixth-grader got hit with a bookbag just hours before News 12 arrived on Tuesday, and she says the principal did nothing.

Others claim some students even bring in weapons like knives and blades. A school safety officer says he's had to confiscate such weapons in the past.

Some say they've repeatedly complained to the school principal, the District 9 superintendent and directly to the office of city Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

Parents say they want more security, safety officers and possibly even a new principal.

News 12 requested a sit-down interview with Farina, but a Department of Education spokesperson declined, citing scheduling issues. Instead, they sent a statement saying the incidents are being investigated and "DOE central staff and the borough safety director are working closely with the school, providing additional supports and training to ensure students are provided with a safe and supportive learning environment."

News 12 is told that there will be a meeting as early as Thursday morning during which parents will have the chance to talk directly to the district superintendent in hopes of putting an end to the violence.

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