A mother claims that a Brooklyn teacher's aide ordered a group of 10 elementary school boys to beat up her 6-year-old daughter, all because she didn't have a hall pass. Mom Kariska Smith told the Daily News that her daughter K’Mani was walking to the bathroom at PS 213 in East New York in February when she was stopped by aide Ferrone Malone, who demanded to see her hallway pass. She didn't have one, and Malone allegedly dragged her back toward the classroom, and “instigated and directed” a group of boys to hit her: “[Malone] said, ‘Come beat her up for me,’ ” Smith told the News.
A police source told them K'Mani had left the classroom without permission; they also confirmed that Smith brought the girl to the 75th Precinct, but cops said there were no visible injuries and classified the complaint against Malone as harassment. The little girl was treated at the emergency room at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center for pain in her chest.
“How could he do this to my child?” Smith asked. She has now filed a lawsuit against the city, the Department of Education and Malone in Brooklyn Supreme Court alleging negligent hiring and supervision and infliction of emotional distress. “School aides should be helping children, not causing them to sustain serious injuries,” said her lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein.