Girl fight at Brooklyn school caught on tape

March 11, 2010 2:59:24 PM PST
A fight at an East New York School was captured on video and posted on YouTube. The incident happened at IS 218, and one City Councilman is making a suggestion to avoid instances like this in the future.

The fight is raising a number of concerns and questions by the parents of one of the girls involved. They believe there needs to be more supervision and security.

The violent nature of the fight is clear on the video, which shows two teenage girls beating on each other in the middle of gym class.

"I was pissed off," Kim Darkins Foreman said. "I'm not going to lie. I was pissed off."

That was Foreman and her husband Andre's reaction after finding out their daughter, 13-year-old Cierra Summers, was one of the two girls involved in the fight.

"Not that it was just a fight," Kim said. "Where was the supervision? Where were the teachers? Where were school safety? Where was anybody?"

"Cause if you look on the YouTube video, the fight on the clip," Andre said. "You see no adults. No security. No teachers who are supposed to be in charge of the class."

The video clip lasts roughly 20 seconds and clearly shows other students stepping in to try and separate the two. School officials say a safety officer broke up the fight, although the officer doesn't appear in the video.

The principal, a school spokesperson says, also claims there were two teachers in the class at the time.

"You send your children to school, and you think they are going to be safe," Andre said. "You think adults are there to supervise them."

Kim and Andre did meet with the school principal Wednesday.

"They would monitor the kids," Kim said. "They would try to make things a little better."

They have also opened up a school yard, at City Councilman Charles Barron's suggestion, where cars had previously parked so that students could use the extra recreational space.

"It's unfortunate that it had to come to this, for her to be on YouTube and to be subjected to that before officials stop and actually look into the situation," Andre said.