Two Curtis High School students are accused of beating up a dean at the school after he told them they were suspended for regularly cutting class, according to the Staten Island Advance.
The 16-year-olds, identified in court papers as Timothy Young and Ellius Rodriguez, allegedly attacked Christopher Alena, a dean and wrestling coach, in his office Tuesday at about noon.
Young punched Alena in the side of the head, knocking him down, and the two then punched the administrator, causing his ear to swell and bleed, officials said in court documents. Alena reportedly suffered scratches on his face and hands.
A school safety agent stopped the fight and arrested the teens.
Young’s father, Bismillah Duran, told the Advance that his son said Alena hit first. But then Duran said he did not believe his son’s story, and that “My son, he has a history of just lying. He lies so much it’s crazy.”
Young lives on Broadway in West Brighton, Rodriguez on Delafield Place in Randall Manor, according to court papers. Both are charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment, according to Peter N. Spencer, a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan.