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The hallways of Brooklyn’s Progress HS for Professional Careers again turned violent last week with staffers putting themselves in harm’s way to break up a fight.
A gym teacher, history teacher and school aide tried to separate two girls who were on the floor wrestling in a near-riot caught on videotape at the Williamsburg school Friday morning.
Apparently missing from the scene depicted on video were any administrators, even though the 10:30 a.m. fracas occurred right outside the principal’s office.
Staffers have told The Post that Tommy Torres, the school’s assistant principal for safety and security, goes AWOL on his duties. A school insider did not know whether Torres was on duty at the time of the fight.
“Generally speaking, an administrator needs to be on the scene within a minute,” said another source familiar with the school who viewed the video. “I didn’t see an administrator there at all.”
“Tommy Torres is on a walkie talkie” when he is at the school, said a source familiar with the school. “He should be the first or second person on the scene.”
Two school safety agents also rushed in to break up the fight.
Staffers have said discipline has broken down at the school and that teachers and others were getting hurt trying to keep order.
A guidance counselor was injured on March 11 while trying to break up a fight and another staffer was punched in the head, according to witnesses.
The school’s parent coordinator had an arm injury after being trampled by roughhousing students on March 29.
An assistant principal went on medical leave in late March after suffering a concussion, colleagues said. Students playing ball in the hall knocked him down.
Torres is a Democratic district leader who used to date former Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera while on her payroll. He ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2017.
He recently removed a veteran teacher as the Progress athletic director and took the position for himself.
He did not return a request for comment.
“Safety always comes first, and this troubling incident was immediately reported for investigation,” said DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot. “We will take follow up action.”
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