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3 students suspended after sexual assault allegations at Brooklyn high school

Posted at 9:32 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 22:14:52-05

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — Three upperclassmen at a Brooklyn high school were suspended after allegations of sexual assaults in the school's locker room.

The assault at It Takes a Village Academy apparently began at the beginning of the school year. One student, a freshman, told police he was chased into the locker room. His pants were pulled down and he was groped.

Another student told school officials the same teens tried to sexually assault him with a bottle.

The teens apparently threatened one of the victims and told him not to say anything, the mom of one of the victims said.

"We're going to get you," the teens apparently said. "We're going to beat you. We're going to kill you."

The Education Department only notified parents about the shocking incident after PIX11 started asking questions this week. The superintendent sent a letter out to parents letting them know Principal Marina Vinitskaya had been reassigned.

"We are treating this with the utmost seriousness an will ensure appropriate follow-up action is taken," Superintendent Prayor wrote.

The principal allegedly never notified police about what happened in the school.

An Education Department spokesperson said, "Safety always comes first and these deeply troubling allegations are being investigated.  We are working in close partnership with the NYPD to ensure appropriate action is taken and are providing the school with ongoing support.”

NYPD Special Victims Detectives are apparently pursuing criminal charges against the three students who were suspended.