Aerospace students walk out over suspensions

Bronx Aerospace Academy students walked out of classes Thursday to protest what they see as unfair suspensions. One student's jaw was broken in a fight earlier this year. According to students, the brawl

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2008, 11:33 PM

Updated 5,879 days ago

Share:

Bronx Aerospace Academy students walked out of classes Thursday to protest what they see as unfair suspensions.
One student's jaw was broken in a fight earlier this year. According to students, the brawl started over a football that was accidentally thrown at a student. Rather than assign blame, the principal either suspended or expelled everyone involved and kicked them out of ROTC.
"Suspensions lead to dropouts and we're talking about children in the 10th, 11th grade," said a critic of the principal. "A serious disruption like this for 40, 45 school days can turn a child off to school entirely."
Protesters said the principal, Air Force Capt. Barbara Kirkweg, often has knee-jerk reactions to disturbances. They complain long suspensions are frequently imposed for minor infractions.
Kirkweg agreed to meet with parents after the protest. However, an insider said no resolution was reached. Talks will resume Monday.


More from News 12
1:54
STORM WATCH: Sunny, warm and humid today for the Bronx; tracking steamy conditions, thunderstorms for Friday

STORM WATCH: Sunny, warm and humid today for the Bronx; tracking steamy conditions, thunderstorms for Friday

1:29
NYPD: 42-year-old stabbed, robbed outside Williamsbridge bodega after argument; suspects at large

NYPD: 42-year-old stabbed, robbed outside Williamsbridge bodega after argument; suspects at large

1:55
From the Bronx to Broadway: Actress Kecia Lewis earns her first Tony nomination

From the Bronx to Broadway: Actress Kecia Lewis earns her first Tony nomination

1:32
Free training helps Fordham businesses learn de-escalation tactics

Free training helps Fordham businesses learn de-escalation tactics

0:30
Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

0:20
New York settles with Juul for $112 million over youth vaping epidemic

New York settles with Juul for $112 million over youth vaping epidemic

0:15
Police: Man found with fatal stab wound to the chest in Mount Hope

Police: Man found with fatal stab wound to the chest in Mount Hope

0:29
NYPD: 44-year-old man fatally shot in the head in Mott Haven

NYPD: 44-year-old man fatally shot in the head in Mott Haven

0:34
New York state legislation could allow schools to cancel class on 'extreme heat’ days

New York state legislation could allow schools to cancel class on 'extreme heat’ days

1:28
NYPD: 37-year-old woman from Mount Vernon fatally slashed in the neck in Williamsbridge; suspect arrested

NYPD: 37-year-old woman from Mount Vernon fatally slashed in the neck in Williamsbridge; suspect arrested

1:58
'It is definitely creating a buzz.' Student launches new business funded by Wakefield school

'It is definitely creating a buzz.' Student launches new business funded by Wakefield school

1:52
Bronx school watches USA vs. India in New York’s final Cricket World Cup match

Bronx school watches USA vs. India in New York’s final Cricket World Cup match

1:45
Morris Park community demands end to gun violence following death of 29-year-old man

Morris Park community demands end to gun violence following death of 29-year-old man

0:51
Health fair in the Bronx spotlights needs of LGBTQ+ community

Health fair in the Bronx spotlights needs of LGBTQ+ community

1:53
Police: 4 men use hammers, axes to steal 30 pairs of designer glasses in Co-op City

Police: 4 men use hammers, axes to steal 30 pairs of designer glasses in Co-op City

1:41
P.S. 100X students bring home the Mayor Dinkins Cup

P.S. 100X students bring home the Mayor Dinkins Cup

0:24
NYPD: Man fatally struck by car while walking across the Washington Bridge

NYPD: Man fatally struck by car while walking across the Washington Bridge

2:15
New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

1:28
Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

1:28
Light installation celebrating the Bronx community glows in Morris Park

Light installation celebrating the Bronx community glows in Morris Park