Vicious Astoria fight is caught on camera
by Andrew Pavia
Apr 24, 2013 | 1044 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Astoria Park was the site of a melee last week, as a number of girls mauled each other as peers egged them on and captured the fight on camera.

Video of the brawl was eventually posted to the website worldstarhiphop.com, where police are using it to search for suspects.

The girls involved in the fight attend IS 206, sources have said.

Throughout the video it is unclear who is actually involved in the fight, given the raw nature of the video and the number of people in the park. However, one girl is clearly being severely beaten by three other girls.

The girl was later identified as Samantha, 14. She suffered a fractured nose, two black eyes, numerous bruises and required stitches to close a gash above her eye.

According to Nina Kunicki, Samantha's mother, the girls who incited the violence were going to fight a group of her daughter’s friends when Samantha tried to intercede. She would instead end up suffering the brunt of the attack.

“This bullying stuff has got to stop,” said Kunicki. “I’m very afraid for my daughter’s life. “We definitely need police in and around our schools.”

She also said she feels bad for the girls parents that harmed her daughter because she “knows what they are going through.”

“There is a lot of troubling things about this video,” said Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. “This sort of altercation can be going on in Astoria Park without the police being aware of it and without any parks officers being present.

“The most troubling thing about this is that the tape shows a large group of older high school girls viciously beating two junior high school girls,” he added. “This is a lot more than an after-school fight.”

In the past, Vallone has called for an increased police presence around schools and more park officers in the borough.

Vallone also blamed those who shot the video for not stepping in to prevent the fight from happening, instead at times actually yelling words of encouragement to the attackers.

Police have brought five girls, ages 14 and 15, in for questioning. No arrests have been made .

“School violence in all its forms is unacceptable and must be stopped once and for all,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “I hope this vicious beating and the callousness of the video posted online serve as a wake-up call that forces our community to band together and prevent this type of violence from occurring in our neighborhood again.”

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