NYC school kids arrested over caught-on-video bus beatdown

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By Dan Sears

Ten middle schoolers were arrested for allegedly assaulting a Coney Island classmate in a brutal, caught-on-video bus beatdown.

The victim — who one fellow student later callously declared “deserved it” and “shoulda died” — could be heard shrieking in pain as a pack of kids collectively rained punches on him in the Jan. 26 incident, footage shared with The Post and posted on social media show.

The boy can be seen trying to protect his head from the relentless fists while he’s passed down the aisle by his attackers on an MTA shuttle bus, which brings kids from Mark Twain IS 239 for the Gifted and Talented to the Stillwell Avenue subway station.

The beating continues for several minutes, moving from the back of the crammed bus to the front as the boy is punched, slapped, kicked and even hit with a sneaker.

Kids can be seen with their phones out, filming the madness, while others are standing on seats and hanging from the railings.

There is no adult in sight to intervene.

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On Monday, police took over two classrooms at Mark Twain to investigate and make arrests, sources told The Post.

Chaos unfolded on an afterschool shuttle leaving Mark Twain IS 239 Friday as a group of kids ganged up on one boy, slapping and punching him repeatedly, video shows.

More photos and videos shared on social media show the accused perpetrators handcuffed and being taken away in a police van.

The victim “f—ing deserved that he’s a f—ing weirdo and he shoulda died,” according to a chilling caption on an image posted to Snapchat showing two of the handcuffed students.

“Free them!!,” it adds, referring to the cuffed kids.

Ten juvenile reports were prepared, according to police.

The victim targeted by the pack is an eighth-grader at the school, sources said.

After the mayhem on Friday, police rounded up kids at the school on Monday and made arrests, sources say.

“Isn’t Mark Twain considered a school for the gifted and talented?” one incredulous viewer commented on a video posted by the NYC School Safety Coalition on X.

“If this happens there, imagine what goes on in regular schools,” said another.

In October, an 11-year-old girl at the school was brutally attacked outside Mark Twain.

She has continued to be tormented by bullies since the start of the school year.

After Friday’s bus brawl, police made arrests at Mark Twain IS 239 on Monday, and social media posts showed kids cuffed and being taken away.

School administration recommended she get a safety transfer out of the audition-based, performing arts school — while her bully was just briefly suspended, her outraged parents have said.

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The girl’s bully was among those pummeling the boy on the bus, her dismayed father told The Post.

“This girl was there and able to jump in on the action because she hasn’t faced any real repercussions,” the dad said.

Some of the kids involved were already back in school by Tuesday, his daughter told him.

The video shows the beating continuing for several minutes, moving from the back of the crammed bus to the front.
Sources say one eighth-grade boy was beaten up by a group who repeatedly threw punches at him on a bus after school.

“This is supposed to be the best the city has to offer as far as gifted and talented,” he added.

A toxic and competitive environment at the school is to blame for rampant bullying, parents contend.

“There are no consequences for the bullies,” a mom who took her daughter out of the school last year told The Post. She said the desire to protect the nationally recognized school’s reputation contributes to the problem.

“This is why we need safe corridors,” the NYC School Safety Coalition said in a post sharing another angle of the video. “We need police officers on buses, not just trains.”

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“There are no consequences for the bullies,” said one mom who took her daughter out of school last year due to constant bullying. J.C.Rice

The brutal attacks came about a week before two students were stabbed at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village.

One 17-year-old boy was knifed in the stomach and another in the shoulder after a fight broke out in a stairwell on Thursday afternoon.

One of the victims was in possession of a gun, according to law enforcement sources.

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