2007-02-02 / Community

DOE: Spilled Milk Led To PS 225 Assault

13-Year-Old Arrested In Cafeteria Altercation
By Howard Schwach

An incident in which sixth graders were playing around and spilled some milk on an older student led to a cafeteria fight that left one teenager in handcuffs, Department of Education sources say.

While neither the youth who was assaulted nor his attacker were identified because of their ages, a DOE spokesperson told The Wave that the 13-year-old eighth grader "got angry when some milk was spilled on his shirt," inside the cafeteria at PS 225 on January 25, and that he attacked the sixth grader who he suspected of throwing the milk, by punching him in the face.

Sources say that both of the boys were injured, with the assailant suffering an injured finger and the victim suffering lacerations to his face.

The Department of Education spokesperson said that the school nurse treated both students and that the victim's parents, who were notified by the school, called police to the school, located at 190 Beach 110 Street in Rockaway Park.

The parent and the police got to the school at the same time, sources say. The unidentified assailant, who was taken out of the school in handcuffs, will reportedly receive a Level Five suspension, the most severe possible for the action.

According to the DOE's publication, "Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures," a Level Five suspension can result in a Regional Superintendent's suspension that results in a fixed period of between six and ten days.

Sources say that the case was also referred to Family Court because of the age of the assailant.

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