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Teen hurt when rock breaks school bus window

Thursday, November 7, 2013
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An unidentified Schenectady High School student is wheeled to a waiting ambulance after sustaining face and leg wounds when a rock smashed a window on the bus she was riding in Thursday afternoon.
An unidentified Schenectady High School student is wheeled to a waiting ambulance after sustaining face and leg wounds when a rock smashed a window on the bus she was riding in Thursday afternoon.

— City police said a 17-year-old Schenectady High School student sustained minor injuries after the school district bus she was riding in was struck by a rock late Thursday afternoon.

Schenectady police Sgt. Matthew Dearing said a stone about the size of a golf ball shattered a passenger window of the bus near the baseball diamond on Norwood Avenue. He said the broken glass caused minor cuts to the girl’s face and legs, prompting emergency personnel to bring her to Ellis Hospital as a precaution.

Dearing said no arrests have been made in the incident. He said witnesses reported seeing a group of kids in their early teens fleeing the area where the rock was thrown.

The incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m., about a half-hour after classes at nearby Mont Pleasant Middle School let out. The school, which has recently been the subject of a rash of complaints about student behavior at dismissal, is about a quarter-mile from where the school bus was struck.

Dearing said police have received similar reports of teenagers hitting school buses with rocks. He said the reports typically involve a rock being thrown from someone within a group.

“Every time, it’s been a group of kids, not just one person,” he said.

Authorities have imposed a zero-tolerance policy near the middle school following complaints about student behavior. These include reports of roving groups of students getting into fights, teenagers throwing rocks at cars and houses and, in one alleged case, breaking into a residence to attack its occupant.

Problems after school drew the attention of both police and school district administrators after a series of large brawls broke out near the school this fall. On one occasion, roughly 100 people — students and adult relatives — were fighting in the street.

As many as 18 students have been suspended from the middle school in an attempt to stop the after-school issues and other acts of insubordination during classes. But the problems have persisted enough that police began to stand sentry on the school’s front lawn to discourage misbehavior. School officials and probation officers have also helped maintain order after classes let out.

On Wednesday, Superintendent Laurence Spring defended Mont Pleasant to the city school board, indicating he has seen “significant improvement” in student behavior lately. He said some of the accounts appeared to have been “sensationalized” and others were out of the district’s purview.

 
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