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NYC Third-Grader Needs Emergency Brain Surgery After Gym Class Injury, Family Says

The Department of Education said in a statement it will investigate any allegation of misconduct

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What to Know

  • The family of a 9-year-old NYC boy is demanding answers after they say he was seriously hurt during gym class at his Brooklyn school
  • Roger Gao, a third-grader in Williamsburg, needed emergency brain surgery and ended up with an extended hospital stay, an official says
  • The Department of Education said in a statement it will investigate any allegation of misconduct and continue to support the family

The family of a third-grade student at a Brooklyn public school is calling for a full investigation by education officials after they say the 9-year-old boy suffered an injury in gym class that required emergency brain surgery. 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined the family of Roger Gao, a student at PS 250 George H. Lindsey in Williamsburg, at a press conference Sunday. 

Adams says Gao was apparently hurt in gym class on Monday, Jan. 7; the boy needed brain surgery and had an "extended" hospital stay, his office said. 

It wasn't immediately clear how the boy may have gotten hurt. Adams' office released a graphic image of the boy's head post-surgery that shows a number of stitches covering virtually the entire right side of his skull as he sits on a hospital bed in pajamas. 

The Department of Education said in a statement it would look into any allegations. 

"Safety always comes first, and EMS swiftly responded to the school," a spokeswoman said. "We will investigate any allegation of misconduct, and ensure we continue providing support to the family.”

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