Parents and activists rallied at Public School 194 in Harlem on Thursday, calling for reforms at the troubled school after three families announced plans to sue the city over alleged abuses by a now-fired aide.
Two Manhattan families went public Tuesday with plans to file a pair of $10 million suits over the actions of a former school aide Kaseem Gordon, joining another family who made a similar announcement last week.
The families claim Gordon punched, choked and dragged their kids, causing bruises and cuts.
The mothers of the three students involved in the incidents attended the rally at P.S. 194, along with their lawyer and several activists.
Gordon, 29, was fired from his post amid the accusations against him. He couldn’t be reached for comment.
P.S. 194 PTA President Sharon Kemp said Gordon dragged her son, 8, around the school and grabbed him by the throat.
“It’s horrifying,” Kemp said through tears at Thursday’s rally. “I’m actually really scared right now. I’m scared out my mind actually.”
National Action Network crisis director Kevin McCall, who organized Thursday’s rally, said Education Department officials must make reforms to end violence at the school, which has been troubled by reports of abuse for years.