THE BRONX — Cell phone video posted to Facebook shows a violent brawl at a Bronx high school that broke out last month.
The fight reportedly took place at Evander Childs High School on Oct. 22 and was apparently shot and posted online by one of the students. The post was taken down Tuesday.
The video shows dozens of students swinging at each other — and no adults were in sight.
At the end of the video, school safety agents and staff are seen breaking up the fight.
No injuries were reported.
A statement was released by Department of Education spokesperson Devora Kaye:
“This video is disturbing, and there is no place for violent behavior in or outside of our schools. We have had additional counselors and additional school safety support at the Evander Childs campus and are continuing to support the school community.”
Gregory Floyd, president of the Teamsters Local 237, the union that represents school safety officers, described the scene as a “near riot.”
Floyd is calling on the administration to take immediate action to get crime and violence in schools under control to protects students and staff. He is also calling for an increase in funding for school safety agents in order to increase training and overall staff levels at schools.
“The lack of transparency in reporting confiscated weapons and violence at schools distorts the reality: crimes in and around schools is up,” Floyd said. “We need greater transparency and more funding. How can we ask school safety agents to protect our students when we don’t have the proper training and equipment for them?”