Gang Challenge Leads to Alleged Assault

This report was derived from information from the Dobbs Ferry Police Department, it does not indicate a conviction.

A 14-year-old Children’s Village student said two students standing next to him were allegedly talking about the Crips gang and beating people up on Oct. 2 while standing outside the door to his math class when one of the students dared the other to strike him in the face. 

The 14-year-old victim was allegedly punched in the head and the face and attempted to defend himself by pushing his attacker, when a third student allegedly punched the victim in the his side and chest—police said.

The three suspects a 13-year-old and two 14-year-olds were arrested on Oct. 4 and charged as minors with assault in the third degree. They were issued tickets to appear in court on Oct. 11

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Dina Sciortino October 09, 2012 at 03:34 PM
It makes me sad that young teens think they have to or want to join a gang, and think that attacking an innocent person is OK. Very sad...
jamesat16 October 09, 2012 at 07:50 PM
It is sad, awful that this is what the good kids up there have to go through, and I think there are more good than bad for sure. Seriously, CV does a lot of good and helps so many kids. What concerns me is CV's inability to protect even their own students, forget our town. They should at least be able to provide a safe environment, not one exactly like the city where even good kids have to bring weapons or don't go because they are too scared. Their continued lack of security scares me. One of their staff, good students or one of our residents is going to pay dearly unless the status quo changes. The CV administration needs to take responsibility so the people who need help can get it and move on with their lives without the same problems they are trying so hard to escape.
jamesat16 October 09, 2012 at 07:52 PM
and other commenter, I respect your feelings caused by the behavior of few, -but its not a waste of time. The cycle of povery is housing education and jobs. Trying to break it benefits us all in the long run no matter where we live.
onmystars November 08, 2012 at 02:29 AM
It is sad. CV is not the only Program like this, Some Programs are better then others but not much. Others are much worse?? it's more on what some programs are allowing the doing of wrong and keeping a tight lip on it or it never happened, that to me is just as sad. I feel that the change needs to start with the staff that is hired. The staff needs to be trained properly. In the way they communicate with not only the children but each other. and certainly around the children. They need to be educated in proper communication and learn skills to be able deescalate and spot an issue before it become a violet situation, or dare I say they take down a child faster then they should because they are pissed off and know they have the power to do that. I really don't know what any child learns from that?? However in any work place, the mass of employed people ( from the very top, to the bottom and everything in between ) we all for the most part have careers/jobs we work at and have interaction with other people that are not employees.
onmystars November 08, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Children should feel safe and be able to learn in the place they have to call home. I do give much respect to the AMAZING teachers and other types of staff members that love what they do and are great at it, they want nothing more then to see a child's growth in the education they are learning as well as in the life they growing into. Those are the people who are there for the love they have their work and not just a paycheck as many are. With that said people are getting paid to do a job when they come into work. The children aren't getting paid... Staff is, so the blame goes to the people who hire and allow non qualified people to work in such sensitive environments. Children learn by example.. Let me please say this was not directed towards CV themselves is was directed towards other programs all over working with a specific group of children and young adults. In the same breath, that is why specific type's of people should be chosen to work in certain environments that are hand heavy in these types of sensitive programs. There is much more then meets the eye to the public, nobody knows what really goes on behind closed doors per say. food for thought.


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