They say this started over the SAE controversy… But they took that part out of the report. If you listen to the students talk about “wearing hoods,” it is pretty obvious the black kids are the minority in the school and are being treated differently.
A family member of one of the students involved tells NBC 4 New York the brawl over the weekend was a manifestation of ongoing racial tensions between the students.The melee broke out Saturday afternoon in an industrial park in Ronkonkoma following a dispute at Connetquot High School in Bohemia, police and family members of those involved say. Authorities say about 10 students were involved in the fight, some bringing baseball bats and brass knuckles.
Video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows several teens standing in a street arguing before the fight breaks out. One person, who is black, accuses a white person of calling him a racial epithet. Then, one of the participants can be seen pulling a metal bat out and handing it to another person.Then, a person can be heard saying, “Take the brass knuckles off, bro” to the teen who initially had the bat. That person is then heard yelling expletives and, “I’m from Queens, New York!”
The video shows a third teen run up and punch one of the other teens in the face. At that point, all the students begin brawling in the street. The fight lasted about 10 minutes, police say. Student Nicholas Abrahamson suffered a broken jaw and was taken to Stony Brook Hospital for surgery. No other students were seriously hurt.