A 6-year-old boy returned home from school with two broken arms.
“I pick him up. You can clearly see that something was wrong with his hands, but I had no explanation from nobody, no school staff, nobody,” the boy’s mother, Krystal Alejandro, told PIX 11.
According to PIX 11, the boy’s arms were broken at the school playground two weeks ago, while in the care of the afterschool program. The family’s attorney said that the Department of Education (DOE) wants to avoid responsibility.
“The principal is pointing fingers at the afterschool program saying, ‘Well it’s not us. It’s not DOE’s problem, it’s the afterschool program’s problem. The afterschool program is saying the same thing, ‘Well it’s not our problem, it’s DOE’s problem.’ Nobody wants to be accountable,” said attorney Marcel Florestal.
Florestal plans to take legal action against the city.
“It’s a horrible situation—me as a parent thinking that I can’t go to work because I don’t know if my son is safe at school. It’s just a horrible feeling to see the pain that he went through. No parent would want to go through it,” Alejandro told PIX 11.
Other parents at the school expressed concern.
“They should have some type of answer for what happened to that kid because that’s not right whatsoever. If it was my child I’d be very upset,” said another parent at the school, via PIX 11.
DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot responded, via PIX 11.
“The safety of students and staff is our top priority,” said Barbot. “We are treating this with the utmost seriousness.”
The elementary school in question is P.S. 106 Edward Everett Hale, a public school in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. The school has been in existence since 1895. Great! Schools, a website that rates schools, gives Hale a below average rating. According to a New York Post report, In January of last year, a school maintenance worker was found dead, hanging from a pipe in the basement.