STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) — It’s disturbing, violent, involves children and and now it’s a viral video.
“I heard about it through the school, like it’s been spreading everywhere,” one student at P.S. 60 in Staten Island told PIX11.
Parents on Staten Island have clicked on, viewed and shared an apparent cell phone video. It was recorded two weeks ago, after school in the Bulls Head neighborhood. An adult seems to encourage kids to fight.
Manuel Valdez says the two students in the video are his classmates.
“Well first I was concerned what happened and then I was like wow cause they got into a fight,” said Valdez.
“I knew that kid for a really long time and I didn’t know that his father would do that.”
One P.S. 60 mom and dad say they want the full story. “We don’t know what’s the background of the parents,” the mother told PIX11.
“If he’s bullying you, I tell my kid all the time you know somebody picks on you, defend yourself,” the dad added.
In a statement, the Department of Education told PIX11, “The principal is investigating the incident and yesterday met with the student and his parent. The student is facing disciplinary action.”
But is that enough? We showed the video to clinical child psychologist Dr. Jeanette Sawyer Cohen.
“It’s hard to watch. I felt myself starting to almost tear up a little bit,” Cohen said.
Dr. Sawyer Cohen believes there’s a lesson to learn after the spread of this footage.
“While different families clearly have different ideas about what it means to become a man and different ideas about respect and self defense, we need to be really careful that were sending the message that conflict can be handled creatively and respectfully.”