Brooklyn family sues the city after bullying incident at son's school

Rebelander Basilan
May 27, 2018
09:12 P.M.
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The family of Timir Berkley-Baylor is suing the city of New York after the first-grader was assaulted by classmates at Public School 178.


Timir, 6, from East New York, urinated blood on May 5, after he was repeatedly kicked in his private parts in a game called 'Bang C--k! Thailand!'

His 49-year-old mother, Sharene Savoy, told the New York Daily News: "My son said the kids in his class have been kicking him in his peanuts and they almost fell off."

On May 7, Sharene went to the school to talk with the administrators. She told them about the two students she thought were kicking her son.

"The principal said he would get the parents of the two boys into the school for mediation. That same day the boys kicked him again," said Sharene.


When Sharene took Timir to the hospital, the doctors diagnosed him with microscopic hematuria - blood in the urine

The terrified mother went back to the school to raise the issue with administrators and, according to her, a teacher told her that the bullying game was commonplace.

"One of the teachers said, 'Oh, they are playing Bang C--k! Thailand! — That's a game the kids play here,'" Sharene said. "I was horrified to hear that they were talking about this so lightly."

When her son was hit again the next day, she made the decision to call the police.

The police then brokered a meeting with school officials and the parents of the two ringleaders believed to be behind the bullying.


Though only one of the families agreed to attend, the meeting was productive and the kicking has stopped, said Sharene.

The mother wanted the school's principal, Joseph Henry, to step down because her son is still suffering.

"My son is traumatized, he doesn't want to be by himself, everyone at the school took this as a joke," she said.

However, the principal did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Sanford Rubenstein, the family's attorney, said he expects to file a $5.5 million notice of claim against the Department of Education over Timir's mistreatment at school.


"Parents have a right to expect that their young children will be safe in school and not end up having to be treated by a urologist," Sanford said.

Miranda Barbot, the Education Department spokeswoman, said Public School 178 handled the matter well.

"This troubling incident was immediately and appropriately addressed by the school," Miranda said in a statement. "Disciplinary action was swiftly taken, and the students have been provided with counseling support."