NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A middle school student in the Bronx has been arrested and charged with assaulting another girl in her school.
The 14-year-old victim’s mother said a bullying incident on Monday is just the latest in a string of attacks at her daughter’s school, M.S. 80 on Mosholu Parkway and is demanding action.
Geraldine Napoliones did not allow her face to be shown as she detailed to CBS 2’s John Slattery when her daughter has endured at school, allegedly at the hands of a 12-year-old girl.
“She got beat really bad,” Napoliones told CBS 2’s Slattery. “Her head, her arm, her leg. She got writing on her leg.”
“Hate” was one of the words allegedly scrawled in black marker on Napoliones’ daughter’s leg. Another word was a derogatory female term, Slattery reported.
Napoliones said she doesn’t understand why her daughter has been targeted by bullies.
“I don’t know why. Because she’s quiet and timid, I guess. And she’s a pretty little girl,” she said. “She’s been slapped, she got poked in eye with pencil, she got pushed down the stairs. It’s an ongoing process.”
Police arrested an unnamed 12-year-old girl and charged her with misdemeanor assault.
The latest incident allegedly happened on the fifth floor of the school on Monday afternoon.
The 14-year-old was taken to Montefiore Medical Center for treatment, including an alleged bump on the head.
“They said they pulled her hair, they dragged her. They did a lot to her,” Napoliones told Slattery.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who has repeatedly said assaults and bullying will not be tolerated, has his office investigating.
A former employee of the school told Slattery that bullying is a problem.
Napoliones said she is concerned for her child’s safety and wants her transferred to another school.
According to the victim’s family, the girl who was arrested had been at the school for only a couple of months.
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