One student was repeatedly punched and stomped in the head and another pistol-whipped outside a Staten Island high school Monday — weeks after another brawl at the same school, sources told The Post.
Video of the confrontation shows one Susan Wagner High School student being stomped while curled in the fetal position while another lies on his back as an assailant hovers over him with what appears to be a gun in his right hand.
Sources said the assailant struck the prone teen with the firearm at some point.
The Department of Education said the two attackers were not affiliated with the school.
“Ensuring our students can safely travel to and from school is the top priority of both the DOE and NYPD, and this deeply disturbing incident involving two individuals from outside the school community is unacceptable,” said spokesperson Nathaniel Styer. “We are working closely with the NYPD to identify the perpetrators and we are providing the victims with support.”
Sources said parents at the Staten Island school are furious about a lack of timely and forthright communication from administrators about the incident.
School officials acknowledged their belated communication in an email to parents.
“I apologize for the delay in getting a message out to all of you. I want to follow up on yesterday’s shelter-in,” an administrator wrote the day after the incident, which forced a brief lockdown due to the presence of a gun.
Mona Davids of the New York City School Safety Coalition said some city principals attempt to conceal or minimize weapons-related incidents for fear of deeper scrutiny of their operations.
“They are supposed to notify parents immediately,” she said. “It’s in the chancellor’s regulations. But they don’t. Parents have a right to know about all incidents at their schools, especially involving guns. And school leaders should not elevate their own professional interests over those of children and their families.”
The troubling footage comes after a prior brawl inside Susan Wagner that bloodied a dean and sent scrambling school safety agents tumbling to the floor.
A knife was recovered from a female student after that melee that involved several students attacking each other while staffers struggled to maintain order.
School safety agents have been cautioning parents about a staffing dip that has left them shorthanded in challenging circumstances.
City Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) said Tuesday that troubling scenes in and near schools should not come as a surprise.
“The decisions to erode school safety agent staffing levels and the broader decoupling from the broader NYPD has been a disaster from the get-go,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources said the school was placed on lockdown yet again Tuesday afternoon after someone reported seeing a teen brandishing a firearm outside.
That situation is developing and cops are at the scene.