2002-12-21 / Front Page

BCHS Student Assaulted For Backing Teacher

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach


The presence of emergency medical vehicles and police cars has become a common sight outside of Beach Channel High School, an indicator of the reported problems inside the building.The presence of emergency medical vehicles and police cars has become a common sight outside of Beach Channel High School, an indicator of the reported problems inside the building.

Two weeks ago, an unidentified student walked into the classroom where Anthony Lindner, 15, was trying to learn.

"The student was in the in-house program (an in-school suspense program populated by troubled students), but I was told that he just walked the halls all day," William Lindner, Anthony’s father, told The Wave recently. "The kid tried to start with the teacher and Tony backed the teacher. The kid left, but he was angry."

According to William, that youth, again AWOL from the in-house program, and a friend "severely beat" his son on Tuesday and put him in Peninsula Hospital Center with "head and eye injuries."

"Anthony was walking from sixth to seventh period when the two kids assaulted him from behind," the father says. "They cold-cocked him and then knocked him down and continued to beat him."

School officials stepped in and stopped the assault, but not before Anthony suffered broken blood vessels and trauma to his face and eyes."

"We had to take him to PHC for tests," he says, but those tests were inconclusive and we have to take him back."

"He is afraid to go back to school," the father added. "He has good grades and is headed for college, but now he doesn’t want to go back."

The two youths were arrested for Assault in the Third Degree, but they were released to their parents and were back in school on Thursday – back in the in-house program.

That is why the elder Lindner came to The Wave.

"The school tells me that their hands are tied, that there is nothing they can do," he said with some anguish. "I don’t seen any justice in this. I don’t see anything being done. My son sits home, afraid to go to school and the two kids who assaulted him are back walking the halls at Channel."

Lindner added that he did not even get to speak with Andrea Holt, the school’s principal, who reportedly was out of the building for a principal’s conference when he arrived at the school. He did speak with a number of assistant principals, none of whom could help him.

Lindner, who has five boys and four girls, says that six of his children graduated from Beach Channel and each went on to college.

Anthony’s older brother and sister still attend the school.

"You work hard to keep the kids off the street," he says. "To keep them safe. Then you find out that the schools are now unsafe."

"The school is out of control," he added. "Does some kid have to be killed before the principal does something about the violence in the school?"

Calls to Beach Channel’s Assistant Principal/Administration and Assistant Principal/Security and to the Department of Education for comment received no call-backs.


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