2005-02-11 / Community

Parents Claim Female Gang Beatings At Middle School 198

By Howard Schwach

A group of parents of teenage girls at Middle School 198 in Arverne have charged that a gang made up totally of girls has been randomly beating up and harassing others in the school and that the school administration has been slow to address the situation.

According to the parents, all of whom requested anonymity for themselves and their daughters out of fear of retribution, the gang, called the “No Fear Ones” or NFO’s is made up of approximately a dozen teenage girls who have been operating in the school for more than a year.

“These girls randomly target other young girls, harass them, threaten them and ultimately, beat them up,” one parent told The Wave. “We have gone to Principal Angela Logan and to the instructional supervisor, Michelle Lloyd-Bay and no action has been taken – the girls have not been suspended, the police have never been notified and they continue to beat up other girls.”

When reached for comment on the parent’s accusations, however, a spokesperson for the Department of Education said, “There are no new issues at the school. There was a fight on Monday, but it was contained by the principal.”

She denied that there was any gang problem at the school.

One of the parents, however, described the Monday “fight” in darker terms.

“Several girls from the NFO’s were attacking another girl in the hallway,” the parent said. “An assistant principal named Bostick was standing nearby. A group of boys surrounded him and blocked him from getting to where the girl was being beaten.”

The parent said that the assistant principal later apologized to the girl who was being attacked.

The Department of Education would neither confirm nor deny that story, standing on the comment above.

Police sources say they have no report of the attack on file.

One of the parents says that she fears that the gang activity is spreading via graduation and transfer.

“I have heard the kids talking and they say that the gang has now spread to both Beach Channel High School and Middle School 53,” she said.

Officials at those schools declined comment, referring The Wave to the Department of Education’s press office, which would not comment on gang activity in Rockaway schools.

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