A mom whose daughter was seen in a viral video being beaten at a Queens school and who tried to confront schools Chancellor Richard Carranza about it at a meeting Thursday ripped him for abruptly walking out while she and others were trying to get answers.
“I will be honest with you,” said Katty Sterling, whose daughter was attacked in a cafeteria by a bully at MS 158 in Bayside last week. “I really don’t think he cares. He didn’t say a word, he just sat there. He had no answers for what the parents were asking. And then he left.”
A crowd of more than 400 parents and teachers swarmed the meeting of Community Education Council 26 Thursday night to address concerns over what they say are spiraling classroom conditions.
Sterling and another parent whose kid was sexually assaulted at MS 158 demanded an opportunity to address Carranza directly.
But officials running the event told them that they would only be answering questions that had been submitted on cards.
Enraged, Sterling approached the dais and began yelling at Carranza. After the CEC tried several times to quiet the bedlam, he left.
Prior to his departure, a teachers union representative submitted a question to the panel about worsening classroom climate.
“The lack of accountability and follow-through as related to discipline has caused a lowering of morale and an inability to effectively manage classrooms,” the note asserted.
Citing racial disproportionality in city suspensions and concerns over long term damage done by classroom removal, the Department of Education has moved away from stiff discipline and towards a “restorative justice” model that emphasizes mediation.
Suspensions have plummeted in recent years as a result of the new policy.
In the case of her daughter, Sterling said principal Henry Schandel falsely told her that the 14-year-old girl who assaulted the girl in the videotaped attack last Thursday was suspended the following day.
After seeing the disturbing footage the day after the incident, Sterling called cops to press charges.
Officers told her that the girl was at school when they went to arrest her.
“The principal lied to me,” she said. “If you are not suspended from school for that then what are they doing? I don’t understand.”
Sources confirmed that the student was never removed from school and is still present – even after being arrested for assault.
Superintendent Danielle Giunta had the option of mandating a stiffer suspension but declined to do so.
Sterling said the same student assaulted her daughter last year and that no action was taken in that instance either.
Her traumatized daughter is now too shaken to return to school and has remained at home.
“They didn’t even call me to ask how she is doing,” Sterling said. “I go and I pick up her homework every day. While the other girl is sitting in class.”
Dissatisfied with Giunta’s pledge to address disciplinary concerns at MS 158 at Thursday’s meeting,
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