Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
New York, NY —
The New York Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by school safety officers in a Queens high school.
REPORTER: About a dozen students from Hillcrest High School have come forward claiming they've been threatened and assaulted by the agents. NYCLU's Donna Leiberman:
LIEBERMAN: When kids go to school and have to worry about their safety - not from hooligans who are their own age but from people who are charged with protecting them - then Mayor Bloomberg has a problem and if he wants to have control of the schools he needs to has to have control of its problems as well.
REPORTER: 16-year-old student Rohan Morgan alleges he was beaten and assaulted by school safety officers and filed a personal injury claim against the city in August.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education declined to comment on pending litigation.
The NYPD says a Hillcrest student was restrained and taken for a psychiatric evaluation in July after pushing and striking a safety agent who tried to escort him out of the school for carrying a cell phone.