A student who was allegedly harassed by two Fresh Meadows high school students on a public bus the day after the presidential election no longer wants to talk about the incident, it was reported on Friday.
Patrick McLaughlin, principal of St. Francis Preparatory High School (SFP), offered an update in a Facebook post on Friday regarding the ongoing investigation into the incident allegedly perpetrated by SFP students on Nov. 9.
“In the days since then, we have been following up and investigating all leads and information, including contacting the New York Police Department and MTA,” McLaughlin said.
A post on Facebook by the alleged victim’s sister said that students from St. Francis Prep entered an MTA bus and began to make racially charged statements at her sister, a student at another school, including, “Aren’t you supposed to be sitting in the back of the bus now? Like Trump is president!”
McLaughlin noted that he contacted the principal of the school the alleged victim attends in an effort to discuss the incident and get a description of the female SFP students involved. McLaughlin stated the other school’s principal was unaware of the incident but said he would be cooperative.
After speaking with the student who was the alleged victim, “the principal indicated that the student does not want to discuss the matter any further,” McLaughlin wrote.
“As more information becomes available, I will keep you informed,” McLaughlin said. “In the meantime, we continue to remind our students of the responsibility that we all have as members of the St. Francis Prep community. We treat everyone we encounter with the mission of St. Francis in our hearts: we are all sons and daughters of the same God and all people are deserving of dignity and respect.”