EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn—Mildred Pryor dreads sending her 10 year old son Terrell to P.S. 13 everyday.
She says his eyes were swollen after he was assaulted in his school Thursday morning
“There’s been a little girl in his class that’s ripping up his books. She started calling her older brothers to beat him up and he hides in the bathroom,” Pryor said.
Pryor says he often goes home with a bloody nose and severe headaches from the assaults. His family says the Education Department has done little as her son cries out for help.
“Not one time with all the incidents that’s happened to him were the parents ever brought up to the school,” said Linda Pryor, the student’s grandmother.
Today the family got answers— they met with the district superintendent who granted Terrell a safety transfer.
“I’m happy that the family finally got an opportunity to get heard,” said Tony Herbert, a community activist.
William Brown, whose grandson also attends P.S. 13, called on the city make school safety a priority.
He said his six-year-old grandson was being bullied and “was so scared he found a box cutter and brought it to school.”
“As a former public school parent and long-time classroom teacher and administrator, the Chancellor’s top priority is keeping all students and staff safe,” an Education Department spokesperson said in a statement.
“When an incident occurs at a school, we act immediately and follow scrupulous protocols. There is absolutely zero tolerance for anything but a safe and supportive learning environment in every school building.