DOE responds to M.S. 232 violence complaints
Department of Education officials on Thursday met with parents regarding the ongoing violence inside M.S. 232 in Morris Heights.
As News 12 has reported, multiple violent fights inside the school have been recorded on video, causing concern among a number of parents and students, who say they do not feel safe in their own hallways.
On Thursday morning, parents got a face-to-face meeting with school leaders to demand answers. News 12 was not allowed inside the meeting, but parents say that school safety officers, principal Nicole Thomas and the District 9 superintendent were all present.
City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina says that within minutes of hearing about a fight, someone is sent to a school to handle the incident.
However, an M.S. 232 school safety officer says the safety staff is sometimes not informed about the fights. Parents say they want more security, safety officers and possibly a new principal.
Parents add that District 9 Superintendent Leticia Rosario Rodriguez will be working with principal Thomas as they begin investigations into the complaints.