Newburgh parents, students express safety concerns after 13-year-old female student assaulted by male classmate

A 13-year-old boy from Meadow Hill was charged with felony assault last Friday after Town of Newburgh police say the student attacked a 13-year-old female student.

Blaise Gomez

Mar 22, 2024, 8:49 PM

Updated 27 days ago

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The Newburgh school community is continuing to voice frustrations and safety concerns - this time at a school board meeting Tuesday after a 13-year-old middle school boy was arrested for viciously assaulting a female classmate.
“I don’t know what the solution is,” said one parent, “but something has to change.”
A 13-year-old boy from Meadow Hill was charged with felony assault last Friday after Town of Newburgh police say the student attacked a 13-year-old female student.
Parents and students say the boy was recently transferred to Meadow Hill from another district school.
“How was this boy allowed to pass from school to school,” another parent questioned. “This not what no child left behind means. Disturbed individuals like this should be recognized and given the help they need out of the district.”
Superintendent Jackielyn Manning-Campbell spoke during the board meeting on Tuesday.
“Public schools throughout New York state are required to educate all students. If a family lives within our district boundaries and chooses to send their child to a public school, we must educate every child,” said Manning-Campbell.
A student at the board meeting also spoke and she doesn’t feel safe after the attack in their English class.
“Newburgh should be a safe haven for learning and personal growth and any forms of violence should not be tolerated, "said the student.
Parents who have students in the classroom say the girl assaulted was seriously hurt. The Newburgh school district has not responded to News 12's requests for comment.
Police say the boy involved was released to his parents.
The attack prompted a hold in place last Friday and delayed the start of classes on Monday.
To view the full board meeting, click here.


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