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Schools Super: District Took Middle School Fight 'Seriously'

Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss reassures audience about the district's reaction after a bathroom fight left students seriously injured.

Hauppauge School District Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss addressed the issue of last week's Middle School altercation, which led to serious injuries during a fight in a boys' bathroom, at a board of education meeting Tuesday night.

"I think it's important for everyone to know that the school district took the situation very seriously," she said.

She explained that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act does not allow administrators to share with the public ramifications or specifics on how school officials deal with those types of behavior issues.

"No one was sweeping anything under the rug and if there was a lack of comment, it's because we can't comment on people's children," she said. "Just know that we did address the situation and did take it seriously."

The superintendent explained that initial bullying between the two students began over social media. Those tensions escalated into the physical fight that took place in the school last week, she said.

She added that there is a certain irony of when the fight occurred, as the school district had held an anti-bullying presentation that Wednesday at the Middle School.

John Halligan visited both the High School and Middle School to tell "Ryan's Story." Ryan was Halligan's son who killed himself after severe cyberbullying. 

Halligan's focus, in speaking to the parents, teachers and students in the room, was on what he would have done differently, had he been more aware of what was taking place online.

District officials passed out a list of Halligan's suggestions on how parents can talk to their children and take an active role in their actions on social media at the board meeting. Those suggestions will also be posted on the district's website.

THE SOCIAL WORKER February 27, 2013 at 08:45 PM
she is stalling and hiding behind the law. She could disclose all without names etc.
Blork February 27, 2013 at 09:32 PM
They're full of sh!t.
We Heart Long Island February 28, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Reading is fundamental. You're a tool.
We Heart Long Island February 28, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Way to get your point across. I don't think it will last. What a dummy.
Ed February 28, 2013 at 02:39 PM
She is defitely stalling. She should come out and tell us what disiplinery action was taken. Was the child arrested or was the school the only one doing the disiplining? She doesn't have to name the children but the parents and taxpayers should know the consequences of this fight. P.S. we heart Long island, don't even bother giving me your dumb comments. You must be either part of the school or a friend of the principal.
We Heart Long Island February 28, 2013 at 02:49 PM
@ ed - "She explained that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act does not allow administrators to share with the public ramifications or specifics on how school officials deal with those types of behavior issues." Reading is fundamental. You're a tool. BTW, not part of school or friend. Try again.
MIchael Robbins March 01, 2013 at 12:21 PM
That fight is like an ordinary day in my high school where I teach in Jamaica Queens. Kinda like snow in Vermont in winter. Doesn't make it right but it's like an every other day occurance. In my world.
Ray Silk March 06, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Looking for information about bullying and find you bullying each other. No wonder the kids don;t get it!

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