PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The principal of Perry Traditional Academy is on leave after breaking up a fight between students on a school bus.
A source told KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso manager Robert Frioni that a female student took the lead while breaking up the fight with a security guard last Wednesday. It is not known if this student was involved in the fight.
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“A boy came on the bus to fight another boy, and that’s all I really know,” said Machali Frazier, who was standing near the bus when the fight broke out.
The student was taken to children’s hospital, but nothing is known of her condition or injuries.
A Pittsburgh Public Schools spokesperson confirmed that a staff member was placed on administrative leave due to “staff actions while breaking up an altercation between students.” As this was a staffing issue, Pittsburgh Public Schools had no further information.
Frazier said she was waiting for her PAT bus last Wednesday when the fight broke out on a nearby bus. Sources told KDKA-TV that Frioni got on the bus to break up the fight between the two students. A Childline report was filed and sent to the Pittsburgh police.
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Frzier said she didn’t know why the students were fighting, but she showed KDKA a cellphone video of the fight.
“Lots of punches, and there’s a lot of blood flowing everywhere,” Frazier said. “They’re trying to abduct the female so they can get to the two boys who are fighting, which is very difficult because of the crowds of children there.”
Frazier believes the matter needs to be investigated, but she defended Frioni.
“He comes to school with a smile every day. He reaches out to everyone. He gives everyone equal respect,” the student said.
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All the mother of the student involved would say is that she is “working with a lawyer”.