Serious Injuries Sustained in Middle School Fight

A seventh grade student was badly hurt in a bathroom brawl.

Schoolyard bullying turned violent this week at Hauppauge Middle School when a seventh grade boy was seriously injured during a bathroom brawl.

Principal Maryann Fletcher said that the incident originally came through as an accident, but after further investigation, the administration discovered that it was not.

According to a parent familiar with the incident, the victim of the assualt suffered a concussion and a broken nose. "This was a severe case," Fletcher said. She did not comment further on the injuries due to privacy laws.

Fletcher said that the administration is taking the incident very seriously.

"We take a very strong stance on bullying," she said.

A bullying assembly was held at both the Middle School and High School on Wednesday.

Fletcher explained that punishment for bullying can range from a classroom reprimanding to school suspension, or a superintendent's hearing in the most severe cases.

GM February 23, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Running down the hall getting an adult does not help the kid getting a beating. It takes about 30 seconds to really hurt somebody. Unfortunately, once a student steps in to break up a fight, he will also be rewarded with disciplinary action. The net result is, the kids are getting mixed messages at school. When a kid is getting beaten up, the only correct action is to put your hands in there and try to break it up.
We Heart Long Island February 23, 2013 at 06:49 PM
It is. Who said it wasn't.
We Heart Long Island February 23, 2013 at 06:53 PM
You're a tool. Maryann Fletcher is one of the best administrators Hauppauge has ever had. My daughter enjoyed her time in the middle school as did her friends.
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 23, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Calm down cover up people. The kid probably reported it as an accident. You were in school once wern't you. He didn't (in his mind at the time) want to make it worse later on with the kids. After they investigated the matter (sat down with mom and dad at the school and talked sense into the kid to tell them who did this to him) the kid told them who ganged up on him and busted him up. Now they do the bully assembly to further express the zero tolerance policy. Now comes the scools job with a hard stance. Expell the kid and have the parents sue the bullies mom and dad for damages. Do I have to translate everything!!!
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 23, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Expect my spelling (school etc.) I txt fast.
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 23, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Go and bully the parents in front of their bully kids, then slap them like the little bit%g$# they are.
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM
I thought only adults were on the patch. Maybe he didnt want to "disagree" tool. If words hurt so much, go complain to ms fletcher. This is a place where adult people speak there mind. Call it PG13. Not G
Kevin El February 24, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Tough guy lady why don't you use a real name "here for the same reason" obviously adults use real names so I'll refer to you as moroon.
Kevin El February 24, 2013 at 01:57 AM
We all don't agree ao deal with it. Think it's poorly run and obviously I don't think ms fletcher is capable or fair so why would I talk to her
Brian February 24, 2013 at 07:34 AM
School yard bullying? Bullying is using social power to exert control over someone. The actions described in this story are best defined as intentional assault. Severe concussion and broken face is not what I consider "school yard bullying." Get this future Columbine/Lanza dude some help. We need to realize that getting rid of institionalization does not mean we don't have to fund mental health programs anymore.
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 24, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Actually adults use alias's all the time, it assists in speaking ones thoughts without retribution "tool". Our area is very political and opinions can back fire it all outlets. Again, adults are known to use alias's, I don't recall middle scoolers using alias's. That's why I use an alias, and also I might be afraid of you beating me up in a bathroom.
Kevin El February 24, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Well actually you sound like an uneducated fool. People that use alias's are afraid of people knowing the truth about them. If your an adult and you keep trying to use the word "tool" your too cool and only trying to use a middle school students mantality to hurt someone, although we know that this would not be handled correctly by some district personel. My family and I had a much different experience with Ms.Fletcher and instead of embracing debate you talk tough and refuse to accept someone elses opionion and experience. As for the bathroom, well I'll leave that up to your interpretation.
Kevin El February 24, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Totally agree
Celinda Iaboni February 24, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Wow..you all should be ashmed of yourselves. I have been in this district for 20+ years and teaching children and the reason why these certain children do these type of actions start with their family life at HOME! You have to teach yr children CORE values! This world has been lacking 2 generations of FAITH(CORE VALUES).. that is why the children are lost .. stop and listen to yr words and actions toward each other. Mrs Fletcher is Godly woman and has been a fantastic role model. Shame on you! Look within yourselves and correct or help these children so they become better adults! WWJD mark 10:27
PWM14 February 24, 2013 at 03:53 PM
With four kids in the Hauppauge district, we have had many occasions to deal with administrators (including Ms. Fletcher) on a number of different issues. We have found them to be professional and honest in their dealings with my family and the fact that anyone wuld suggest they "covered up" this incident is laughable. Here's a much more likely scenario..... the parent or parents of these boys have ignored (or even scarier encouraged) signs of aggression by their sons and neglected to address the issue because they are too busy trying to be friends/coaches/enablers to their kids INSTEAD OF BEING PARENTS. Is anybody stupid enough to believe that this is the first time these kids stepped out of line? This was an assault. Call the cops and get all the kids and parents in separate rooms. I guarantee the truth will come out. Then suspend them for a month while the parents take a home equity loan to pay for the lawyers they will need after the victims parents sue their ass.
Kevin El February 24, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Celinda, I do agree with you and I am sorry for resorting to a child like battle and agree we all need to be better role models. I do however disagree with your opionion on Mrs.Fletcher but we all are entitled to our own opionions formed by our own personal experiences. People can go to the same restaurant and have a totally different interpretation. Thank you for your voice of reason, it is apprecieated.
Janet February 24, 2013 at 05:31 PM
That is not bullying that is assault. The police should be involved.
Cristina February 24, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Thank you for explaining. Well said.
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 24, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Thank you
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 24, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Now get back to the topic
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 24, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Ms. Fletchers exist everywhere. They also "talk tough" and in my experience, there first ttask is to always cover there butt. Then comes the children. Have the super with there 500K salaries tackle the issue. I'm sure it'll never happen again. Even the so called award winning teachers make mistakes, but we as adults should learn from our mistakes and realize they are still children and children don't learn from talk or assemblies on being a bully. They learn from attaching swift consequences to there actions. "Talk" does not impress me. Nor does school staff who are over paid or for that matter county staff, that do not produce the results that our rediculous taxes are supposed to be taking care of. I'm sure they got paid this week, now make sure my kid goes to school and comes home in the same shape they left in. How hard should that be when this is and should be the at the top of there list. And no I'm not as smart as you and no I don't have a college degree, thanks for pointing that out "tool bully"
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON February 24, 2013 at 07:11 PM
And by the way, 1/2 the people on this string are using alias' ,,,,are they also all afraid,,,or just afraid of people like you.
Jimbo slim February 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Constantly hearing about the anti bullying program from school officials. Talk to any child in school and the "antibullying" is not pushed or enforced. I know from my own experiances that nothing gets done. Have had issues with my own child. When something happens the kid is always there the next day and no info is given due to privacy issues. Hauppauge has got to stop talking and start cracking down on the bullying. Its a sad injury and they will still brush everything under the rug. Step up hauppauge. Enough is enough.
We Heart Long Island February 25, 2013 at 01:15 AM
You're right. Those privacy issues are silly. I'd like to step up and help. What is you child's name and the kid that bothered them? Maybe I can help.
Kevin El February 25, 2013 at 01:21 AM
"Here for the same Reason", I agree that Mrs.Fletchers exist everywhere, as I originally stated she is a bully. Bully's can be your best friend if they are on your side or your worst enemy if they dislike you. You can blame upper school personel for these issues but the bottom line is that school is her responsibility. A school can not be anti-bullying if it practices bullying itself. True this is the case in life as who you know is more important than what you know, which is sad because we are all individuals with individual needs and we should respect all others even if they are different. The only way to overcome this is to better yourself and get to know the right people, which is not easily done for some as for others. As mentioned if this is a criminal act (sounds like it should be) the smart parents will not only sue the other students family but sue the school district for failing to protect their child. While this only hurts the tax payer as the cost of the lawsuit gets passed onto everyone. Bottom line is everyone should be help accountable for their actions or failure to re-act. I am not s bully and instead of saying uneducated fool I should have rephrased and not used what you took to be a deeming term. I have several friends that did not go to college that are highly successful. I hope the district and all learn from this experience and sincerly hope the child that was hurt recovers quickly.
We Heart Long Island February 25, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Since you decide to repeat yourself, I will also. You're a tool.
Kevin El February 25, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Since your so cool, I'll repeat myself again for you, your a fool. Seriously people don't see things the same way, deal with it. Let me know if you would like to make plans to discuss this further always willing to debate and discuss and back up my point of view.
Christine D. February 28, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Calling Mrs. Fletcher a "bully"??? Are you for real, Mr. El? You and the other name calling "adult" should be ashamed of yourselves.
MC February 28, 2013 at 05:01 PM
HA !!! You, Celinda Iaboni, are talking about "core values" and "faith"???? .... what a joke from someone who took a $7,000. loan from a Christian friend and didnt pay it back. You are a thief. You are a hypocrite. The 8th Commandment: Thou shalt not steal. YOU are the one that should be "ashamed of yourself".
Kevin El March 01, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I do think she's a bully, adult's can be bullies too. Calling someone a bully is someonse opionion and not name calliing. Yes I'm entitlled to mine.


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