Qns. school district No. 1 – in fights

New York Post - - NEWS - By KEVIN SHEEHAN and SE­LIM AL­GAR sal­gar@ny­post.com

It’s the city’s most brawl-rid­den school district.

District 29 in Queens — which in­cludes Cam­bria Heights, Hol­lis and Spring­field Gar­dens — had the high­est rates of stu­dent-re­ported fight­ing of all 32 dis­tricts last year, ac­cord­ing to Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion data.

Five schools in District 29 — all of them mid­dle schools — had more than 80 per­cent of stu­dents com­plain of fre­quent brawl­ing, ac­cord­ing to the num­bers.

At PS/IS 138, a stag­ger­ing 90 per­cent of sur­vey re­spon­dents said they were forced to en­dure fights in their midst.

Of those, 45 per­cent said there were brawls “most of the time” at the Rosedale school.

At Queens United Mid­dle School in Spring­field Gar­dens, where 96 per­cent of the stu­dent body com­pleted a sur­vey, 51 per­cent com­plained of com­bat “most of the time.”

A to­tal of 61 per­cent of 8,990 dis- trict kids said they had to learn amid vi­o­lence “some” or “most” of the time — the high­est over­all rate in the city, ac­cord­ing to an an­nual DOE school cli­mate sur­vey.

The Bronx’s District 8 had the sec­ond steep­est rate of stu­dent-re­ported fisticuffs, at 53 per­cent.

District 29 was also the only one in the city where at least a quar­ter of stu­dents said they saw brawl­ing “most of the time,” ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures.

A stu­dent at Hu­man­i­ties & The Arts HS, where 74 per­cent of kids re­ported fre­quent fights last year, said vi­o­lence was com­mon­place.

“The other day a guy ac­ci­den­tally knocked over a lunch tray and it broke out into a huge fight in the cafe­te­ria,” said ju­nior Mitchell Cameron.

The chaotic district has been roiled by ad­min­is­tra­tive up­heaval.

For­mer su­per­in­ten­dent Lenon Mur­ray was ousted in May af­ter get­ting ar­rested for al­legedly grop­ing a col­league. He de­nied the charges. A to­tal of five school dis­tricts — two in Brook­lyn, two in The Bronx and the Queens district — had over­all stu­dent-re­ported fight­ing rates of 50 per­cent or higher, ac­cord­ing to the DOE sur­veys.

That list in­cludes District 12 in The Bronx, where a stu­dent at Ur­ban As­sem­bly School for Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion was stabbed to death in class in Septem­ber.

The other day a guy ac­ci­den­tally knocked over a lunch tray and it broke out into a huge fight in the cafe­te­ria. — Mitchell Cameron, ju­nior at Hu­man­i­ties & The Arts HS (above)


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