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RFA fight caught on video, parents seek answers

Local parents want answers from administrators at Rome Free Academy after a video of a fight inside the school has been shared across social media.

Posted: Oct 18, 2018 7:39 PM

ROME, NY-- Local parents want answers from administrators at Rome Free Academy after a video of a fight inside the school has been shared across social media.

The 40 second video shows multiple students hitting and kicking others. Several security guards can be heard yelling 'Stop it, stop fighting.' At one point a student is laying on the ground kicking a teacher. The video has been shared multiple times on Facebook.

Jeannie Hernandez, of Rome, has a son who is a sophomore at RFA.

"I don't like seeing video of fights at all... especially at a school," she said.

Alex Ruiz, of Rome, has a daughter who is still in elementary school, but he said he's still concerned, especially if it happened at his daughter's school.

"I would be scared for her," he said. "She would probably be scared herself. She's an excellent student at Strough and she's maybe next year or the following year going to go to RFA."

Peter Blake, the superintendent of the Rome City School District, would not speak on camera. But he issued the following statement, 'I can't comment on discipline issues, we addressed the situation through the code of conduct as it allowed and that's all I can say.'

But some parents want to know what happened, why parents weren't notified and what's being done to prevent this from happening again.

"I would hope that the parent who's children were involved in this were notified right away," Hernandez said. "But yes I would like to know if my child was ever in something like that. Parents should be aware of what's going on inside the school at all times."

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