2007-10-12 / Front Page

FRHS Intruder Sparks Melee At BCHS

By Howard Schwach

AFar Rockaway High School student, bent on mischief, walked brazenly past three school security agents into the cafeteria at Beach Channel High School on Friday, October 5 and joined other girls in beating a 17- year-old BCHS student, officials say.

For several school days after the Friday, October 5 incident, school security agents and other police officials flooded the school at afternoon dismissal time. At one point, on Monday, officers lined Beach Channel Drive from the Cross Bay Bridge off-ramp to the school's athletic field. This photo was taken shortly before dismissal on Wednesday. Photos by Howard Schwach. For several school days after the Friday, October 5 incident, school security agents and other police officials flooded the school at afternoon dismissal time. At one point, on Monday, officers lined Beach Channel Drive from the Cross Bay Bridge off-ramp to the school's athletic field. This photo was taken shortly before dismissal on Wednesday. Photos by Howard Schwach. Those sources say that the teenage girl, who is reputed to be a member of the Crips gang, and her friends beat Shatisha Lenihan, a freshman at the school, punching and kicking her and even hitting her in the head with a heavy lock.

Millisa Lenihan, the girl's mother, who has three other children at the school, told The Wave that her daughter was sitting in the cafeteria, eating, when the pack of up to 25 girls attacked her without provocation.

Students leave the building at dismissal on Wednesday. The building is shared by the high school and the Channel View School For Research. Students leave the building at dismissal on Wednesday. The building is shared by the high school and the Channel View School For Research. The Lenihan teen required medical attention, but was released after her treatment.

Lenihan said that her daughter had previous problems with some of the girls, who sometimes followed her to the subway station and threatened to beat her up.

"I don't know why those girls don't like my daughter," she said. "They just decided to make her a target."

She said that she complained to the assistant principal in charge of security at the school, but got no satisfaction.

"Mr. Katz did nothing, and the Principal, Mr. Morris, did nothing," she said. "They did nothing to keep the other student out of the building."

Police sources say that the incident was part of an ongoing problem between Far Rockaway High School and Beach Channel High School students. The source said that a number of juvenile students were issued summonses and juvenile reports because of the incident, but that no arrests were made.

School Security Agents line Beach Channel Drive across the street from the school. School Security Agents line Beach Channel Drive across the street from the school. A DOE spokesperson acknowledged the melee and said that the 16 students involved in the incident all face a supertendent's suspense.

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