Education Department Pays $35k to Preteen Who Was Beat Up During Class


The city’s Department of Education has agreed to pay $35,000 to the family of a preteen girl who was beat up in class.

The settlement agreement, filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court, stems from an incident last fall at Junior High School 80, which is on Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx.

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On October 15, during seventh period, a student assaulted the 11-year-old girl, court documents state. “The other student kicked, punched, and scratched her.” The girl suffered lacerations on her face and chest, but was not seriously injured. She needed only a trip to the nurses office to treat her wounds.

In the settlement petition, the girl’s father, Michael Johnson acknowledged that his daughter has fully recovered from the attack. She suffered no permanent injuries other than some light scars.

He had sued the city’s education department not on the basis of personal injury, but for the school’s “failure to supervise the student who attacked my daughter.” He accepted the city’s settlement offer earlier this month.

Indeed, this wasn’t even the worst case of violence at J.H.S. 80 during the school year. In March, a 14-year-old girl was beat up so bad that she ended up in the hospital, the Norwood News reported. Her assailant was arrested and charged with assault. Over the next four months, the local community board hosted two forums on bullying.

According to the settlement petition for Johnson’s daughter, one third of the payout will go to the lawyer. The other two-thirds, Johnson stated, “will be deposited in a Bronx County Savings Bank where the money will remain until my daughter’s 18th birthday.”