Three middle school students are facing gang assault charges for an incident reported just after noon Tuesday at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School. Our Erin Vannella has the story.
RAVENA, N.Y. -- "I know that Ravena, in the past, has gotten some shots, but the one thing I can say about our kids today is they know what's right. They know what's wrong and they're not afraid to stand up for what they believe," said RCS School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Alan McCartney.
Dr. McCartney compliments several middle schoolers' behavior in the shadow of two 13-year-olds and one 12-year-old's alleged criminal acts Tuesday afternoon.
"Three students followed one student around and eventually, at one point, pinned him against the wall. Two of them held him while the other tried to get into his pockets," said Town of Coeymans Police Chief Greg Darlington.
The alleged victim lost $100 to his peers, but wasn't injured. Had his classmates on the scene not acted as fast to alert the school's resource officer, though, they said it could have been worse.
"The community should be happy to see that our kids will not tolerate others being picked on. I know we use the word bullying, but this was far more than bullying," said Darlington.
The three minors were charged with robbery, gang assault and unlawful imprisonment. One was sent to a detention facility. The other two received appearance tickets for probation.
"We put it on our website, out on our Facebook page, so everybody knew the story, what happened and how it was handled. We're not going to hide it. It happened. It was dealt with appropriately," said Dr. McCartney.
Prior to this incident, the school district had applied for grant money to hire a second school resource officer.