In the news this wet Wednesday morning before Christmas are reports about a violent student-on-student attack at the Erasmus Hall educational campus in Brooklyn.
Al Baker reported in City Room on Tuesday that a 16-year-old student at the High School for Service and Learning was in custody after a student at the High School for Youth and Community Development, which is also on the Erasmus campus, was stabbed in the head with a pair of scissors.
According to The Daily News, "Chevoy Nelson, 16, was mad because victim Alfredo Allen stole the ball from him during a lunchtime pickup game at the Prospect Park South school." The News wrote:
The two teens were playing basketball in the third floor gym during lunch when Allen took the ball and wouldn’t give it to the increasingly angry Nelson.
The furious teen punched Allen in the face then ran out to look for a weapon, witnesses said.
“He goes running around, asking everyone for a weapon,” said a police source. “He goes into a classroom and asks a teacher for acid. She obviously says no, but then she get distracted he grabs a pair of scissors and runs back to the gym. He chases (Allen) around, stabbing him."
Wayne Morgan, an 18-year-old senior, said, “He stabbed the guy in the head like seven times. The teacher was there, but it’s not like he let it happen -- the whole thing happened in like 5 seconds."
According to the City Room report, "the victim was undergoing surgery at Kings County Hospital Center Tuesday afternoon; the authorities said his injuries did not appear to be life threatening."
Also in the news on Wednesday, bad news of another kind outside the city: more cheating on standardized exams was found in Georgia, this time outside of Atlanta. According to Alan Schwarz in The New York Times:
Cheating by officials on 2009 state standardized tests was found in each of 11 schools investigated in Dougherty County, which includes the city of Albany about 200 miles south of Atlanta. The report described dozens of cases of adults giving students answers during tests or correcting their mistakes afterward. One fifth-grade teacher passed students who could not read, the report said, resulting in their not receiving extra help.
In happier news, holiday festivities are taking place in schools throughout the city. Send your photos, videos and essays to SchoolBook@nytimes.com and we'll publish them -- or better yet, post them on your school's SchoolBook page and we will pick them up from there.
The photo above was sent in by the R.O.T.C. at Francis Lewis High School. An accompanying news release said, in part:
The Francis Lewis Patriot Battalion Choir had their angelic voices heard by the elderly residents of Donnelly’s Adult Home. Every Christmas the Battalion Choir goes off to spread holiday cheer at Donnelly’s Adult Home. The choir always loves to brighten their days and warm up their winter. The battalion choir begins with patriotic songs such as the Star Spangled Banner and the Army Song. Afterwards, they sing current popular songs followed by festive holiday songs such as Carol of the Bells and Silent Night. After finishing their song list, the choir takes the time to get to know the residents at the home. These cadets always enjoy visiting the home every year and are anxious to visit again next year.
And in a different kind of good news, the Brooklyn Public Library announced on Tuesday that it has opened a new computer center at the Central Library, with 50 new computers. The library news release says the new center will help visitors who are searching for jobs, want to sharpen their computer skills or need to do research. "The Computer Center is expected to have fewer reservations, which will allow longer sessions for researchers and job hunters."
Interestingly, the library system reports that the year-end list of popular search terms worldwide, Google Zeitgeist, included the Brooklyn Public Library among the top 10 search terms in the New York region. Who knew?
At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 50 students of Saints Philip and James Elementary School will entertain senior citizens and disabled residents at the Workmen’s Circle MultiCare Center, 3155 Grace Avenue, in the Bronx. Send photos!
And The Learning Network poses this question to students: Can You Be Good Without God?
Teachers, The Learning Network also has resources available for teaching about North Korea and Kim Jong-il.