New York teacher's aide orders students to beat up 6-year-old girl

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By: Sanvi Rizvi 

The Department of Education and a Brooklyn, New York, teacher’s aide is in trouble after the aide ordered a group of boys to beat up a 6-year-old girl, according to a lawsuit filed in a New York court.

The Brooklyn assistant teacher ordered the group of about 10 boys to beat the 6-year-old girl in an elementary school stairwell, according to the lawsuit filed last week.

The girl's mother, Kariska Smith, said she was outraged that no disciplinary action was taken against the aide or the children who punched her daughter, K'Mani.

"How could you do this to my girl?" Smith asked the assistant, Ferrone Malone.

The girl went to the bathroom in public school 213 in East New York, when she was stopped by Malone, who demanded to see her hallway pass.

Smith said the assistant began to drag her daughter back to the classroom while the group of children who were watching the action, "were instigated and directed" by Malone to hit her, according to the lawsuit.

Smith has filed a lawsuit against the city, the Department of Education and Malone in Brooklyn
Supreme Court, alleging negligent hiring, negligent supervision and inflicting emotional distress.

A police source said the girl left the classroom without permission. When Smith took her daughter to the police station, Precinct 75, the police determined that she had no visible injuries and classified the complaint as harassment.

The girl was treated in the emergency room of Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center for chest pain, according to hospital records.