2 students allegedly beaten over Ebola fears
Two elementary school students originally from Senegal in West Africa say they were beaten last week because of Ebola fears.
The alleged beating happened last Friday at I.S. 318 in Tremont.
Brothers Papi and Mamadou Drame, who arrived from Senegal about a month ago, were allegedly beaten by over 10 students while being called "Ebola." According to the boy's father, Ousmane Drame, the boys had been bullied since day one.
The alleged beating left both boys bruised and scared. The incident was noted by the school, but no major action was taken until Monday when the NYPD and the African Advisory Council became involved and a formal incident report was filed.
The boys' father believes more should be done to make the general public aware of what the disease is and how it is transferred. The Department of Education says that it is investigating the incident and taking it very seriously.
Safety staff are on site to mediate the incident and ensure the safety of the students, school staff and their families.