February 15, 2023

USA: Video Recorded Outside Cosgrove Middle School In Ogden, N.Y. Shows Ninth Grader Picking Up And Slamming 11-year-old Sixth Grader To The Ground. Ninth Grader Charged With Assault.

I wish the public school system would go back to middle school teaching grades 7 to 9. I thought it was a bad idea when the public school system moved very young 6 graders to be on school grounds with older teenagers. Elementary schools need to teach grades 1 to 6. I was 12 years old in 7 grade and I will never forget how scared and overwhelmed I felt being with older teenagers in a completely new school that combined 6th grade graduating class from 3 different elementary school into one junior high school that is now referred to as middle school. Mind you, I was popular in elementary school and I still felt off emotionally when I attended the new junior high school in my neighborhood. So imagine a younger person. One year does make a difference in emotional growth.  It took me at least 3 months to fully adjust and settle in to my new surroundings. Why did the public school system change the grades for elementary, middle school, and high school? Because the same is true for 14 year old 9 graders being put on a new school campus with much older teenage students ranging from 15 years old to 18 years old. (emphasis mine)
WHEC10 NBC News, Rochester NY local
written by Patrick Moussignac
Tuesday February 14, 2023

UPDATE: The ninth grader is now charged with assaulting another student in the Spencerport central school district.

The family of the sixth grader filed a police report.

Ogden police say as a result of their investigation, the teen was arrested this afternoon and charged with assault. The teen was issued an appearance ticket for family court.

OGDEN, N.Y. Tuesday night, Spencerport school leaders addressed the shocking viral video of a ninth grade student violently slamming an 11-year-old to the ground at Cosgrove Middle School.

The incident happened Monday afternoon, and it was the first issue to come up at their regularly scheduled school board meeting. Only a few parents attended the meeting where the district vowed to prevent the behavior that led to what took place at Cosgrove Middle from ever happening again.

“We take this act of violence very seriously, and without question, we will support any strict disciplinary consequences once the investigation concludes,” said Board Vice President Michael Miceli.

The school district told us the ninth grade student “sought out” the younger sixth grader. News10NBC watched the video, which clearly shows the older student holding the younger male, who is pleading at this point saying, “It was the other dude.”

The video, which lasted less than a minute, shows the older student picking up the younger one and body-slamming him to the ground. The student landed on his backpack. He then got up and ran. Parents are disgusted after watching the clip.

“It’s like, makes your stomach turn,” said Lisa Watson. “And that could be anybody’s kid.”

Marcie Rush added, “It was just horrifying to see something like that.”

Both parents say there are bigger issues at hand.

“Are consequences not being given, I don’t know,” said Watson. “It just seems like the same students are acting inappropriately, and that’s to be a safe term.”

The district reiterated its responsibility of keeping all of its schools and students safe.

“Finally, with this devastating video going viral, our primary concern is to support the well-being of our Cosgrove student,” said Miceli.

The small number of parents at the meeting were satisfied with the Board’s handling of the situation.

“Yeah, I do think that at this point there’s not too much they can say or do,” said Rush. “It is under investigation, so I respect the statement that they made tonight, and I do think that our security is a top concern.”

The district says the accused attacker is not in school right now. The victim’s parents have filed a police report, and assault charges are pending.

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