A freshman was assaulted on the fifth floor during fifth period on Thursday, February 28.
The victim and a freshman friend were in the sixth floor bathroom when the attacker, a junior, accosted them. The two freshmen ran to the fifth floor towards the cafeteria when the junior “put his arm around [one of the freshmen] and grabbed him toward [the staircase],” according to a witness, freshman Fulton Hou.
The junior repeatedly punched [the freshman] in the face. “I saw [the freshman] being pushed onto the wall,” Hou said. “His face was all bloody.”
The victim and the attacker were not acquaintances before the fight broke out, and have been granted anonymity because they are minors.
Hou said he and his friend, freshman Brian Kim, escorted the victim to the nurse’s office. “My friend came out all bloody and I brought him to the nurse,” Kim said.
The nurse called the ambulance and the victim was taken to the emergency room. After the nurse called the police department, a police sergeant came to Stuyvesant and filled out a report based on an interview with the victim.
When the victim came home that day, he identified his attacker through a Facebook search. He was fairly certain of his attacker’s identity.
The victim returned to school on Monday, March 3, met with a dean and filled out an incident report. The freshman also met with his guidance counselor that day to disclose the attacker’s name.
His guidance counselor asked the victim to confirm the attacker’s picture on his identification card. After seeing the attacker’s identification card, the victim was certain of his attacker’s identity.
The junior did not come to school until Wednesday, March 5, when deans immediately seized him. The victim confirmed his attacker’s identity again. According to the victim, the attacker was previously absent due to illness.
“There’s going to be a trial, where the students who saw it [the fight] will testify,” Kim said.
“Regular disciplinary action will be taken for those involved,” Principal Stanley Teitel said.
“We’re fortunate that [fights] are rare and far between,” Teitel said. “We haven’t had this kind of violence in the past.”