2003-12-19 / Community

Student Who Alerted Principal To Gun At MS 180 Is Assaulted

By Brian Magoolaghan
Student Who Alerted Principal To Gun At MS 180 Is Assaulted

Student Who Alerted Principal To Gun At MS 180 Is Assaulted

Students outside of MS 180.Students outside of MS 180.

He did exactly what any student who sees a classmate with a gun is supposed to do.

He notified the principal. The principal confronted the students, who gave up the gun and was arrested.

Despite the principal's best attempt to shield the unidentified student, however, the gun-toting student's friends later assaulted him in a bathroom at MS 180 in Rockaway Park.

The actions of the youth who reported the gun were hailed by one school expert, who said, " He demonstrated courage and intelligence when he came forward on December 1 to tell his school's principal about another boy who had a loaded handgun."

In an attempt to shield the youth, school officials had circulated a letter claiming no one had come forward to tip them off, but that white lie failed to protect him.

In the attack, the boy received a fractured skull, a black eye and a bloody lip, according to a Daily News report.

Early reports about the 12-year-old MS 180 student who brought a gun to class and threatened others with it said that another student alerted Principal George Giberti to the dangerous condition.

Giberti, however, in an attempt to protect the student who reported the gun, sent a letter home to parents two days later in which he said "For reasons yet to be determined, the student/s who saw the alleged firearm never came forward to inform any of the teachers, guidance, deans or administrators."

The letter, however, failed to deceive the friends of the gun-toting boy, who reportedly pounced on him in a bathroom at the school.

The city's Department of Education press office supplied a copy of the letter to The Wave, but refused to either identify the student or to allow Giberti to be interviewed. It also refused comment after the youth was beaten.

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