View Full Version : All NYC Unruly Behavior Led to Girl's Head Injuries at Brearley

02-15-2012, 09:04 AM
From N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/nyregion/unruly-behavior-led-to-girls-head-injuries-at-brearley-event-school-says.html) by Jenny Anderson:

More than three months after a 14-year-old girl was kicked in the head and severely injured by fellow students at the Brearley School’s Halloween event, the school has concluded that the episode was the result of “adolescent exuberance,” the school’s leaders told parents in a letter sent Monday evening.

An investigation by the school and an outside lawyer determined that there was “inappropriate and unruly behavior” but no malicious intent in the episode, in which at least one younger student kicked an eighth grader hiding under a sheet inside a haunted house set up in the cafeteria.

At the event, in which eighth graders created a haunted house for the fifth through seventh graders, one group of eighth graders hid under a sheet to grab the younger girls’ ankles and scream, according to the school’s letter and interviews with parents.

One or more girls responded to the grabbing by kicking one girl under the sheet in the head and neck. One of the perpetrators was identified, according to the letter, but officials said they were unable to determine who else was involved — a fact that has left parents mystified.

“How does this promote a culture of accountability?” asked one who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution against her daughter.

Another, also speaking anonymously, said: “How do I know my daughter will be protected? Whose interest is the board looking after?”

Several girls suffered minor injuries. The main victim has concluded a course of neuropsychiatric therapy, according to the person familiar with her situation, but struggled with short-term memory loss for months after the episode.

In its letter to parents this week, the school leadership acknowledged that its response was slow but said that was because of the thoroughness of its investigation. “There are things that the school could have done better in the aftermath of the incident and in our communications with students and families,” it read, adding that Brearley was developing “policies and procedures” to ensure future responses were faster.

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