Richmond Hill High School in Queens is under fire as students say they fear for their lives. This comes after multiple serious fights broke out on the school’s campus.
Some are calling it the Queens “School of Hard Knocks.” And, the students who attend the high school are terrified, says a safety agent union leader.
When violence broke out at the trouble Queens high school, the police were called. They had to respond to two separate incident involving students. The vicious high school campus brawl was captured on video.
A March 10 video taken by students at Richmond Hill High shows what appears to be a gang initiation. It involved a crowd of students repeating striking and brawling with each other right on the campus, say school safety officials.
According to police records, two girls got “jumped” another girl, striking her in the face. That’s when police first responded. Although the victim refused to report her injuries, a cellphone video shows the mass of confusion as the mob of students fought each other.
Greg Floyd, president of the safety agents union, said students gave them the video. They are terrified and are crying out for help from school authorities. Floyd says that the “[Mayor] de Blasio school violence coverup isn’t working.” He notes that the students scared of the knives, the guns and the gangs.
They came to school safety agents for help because “no one at City Hall is listening.”
Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor de Blasio, denied the charge.
“No truth to it. No evidence behind it,” Phillips said. “No idea where the suggestion comes from.”
School officials wouldn’t say if the video and the police incidents were connected.
Nearly two weeks later, an 18-year-old student was removed from the school to a hospital after screaming threats at staffers.
“I’m gonna get you all after school. I’m gonna f— you all up,” police said he yelled in the March 23 incident.
That student, who is white, also hurled racist taunts at a black school administrator, cops said.
The three students involved in the incidents were charged with harassment, police said.
Education Department spokeswoman Toya Holness said only one of the incidents occurred on school grounds.
“We are providing the school with ongoing resources, trainings and support to address challenges that are taking place outside of school,” Holness said.
Richmond Hill High School was founded in 1899 and enrolls 1,735 students in a stately stone building.
But the school has struggled for years with academic and safety issues, earning it a place in Mayor de Blasio’s controversial Renewal Schools program for troubled classrooms.
Just four out of five students said they felt safe in the school hallways in a 2015 city survey. In 2016, 64% of students at Richmond Hill graduated on time, compared with the city average of 73%.