After-school coach fired after allowing boys to fight

NEW YORK (WCMH) — An after-school coach in New York is out of a job after video surfaced of two 12-year-old boys fighting as he seemingly stood by and did nothing.

Video provided by the attorney of one of the boys shows the boys wailing on each other as their after-school coach seemingly does nothing to break it up. Towards the end of the video, the coach ushers one of the boys off camera.

In a press conference, Kevin Jones, the father of one of the boys involved, told WCBS-TV he first learned of the fight on January 14 when his son came home complaining of pain.

Jones took his son to a nearby hospital where he was told he had a muscle problem in his head as a result of the fight.

The after-school coach, Marcus Cruz, was promptly fired from his job at M.S. 53 Brian Piccolo in Queens.

In a statement, the school said:

Cruz was not a DOE employee and he was swiftly removed from his position at an after-school program at the school. There is zero tolerance for employees, vendors or volunteers who do not prioritize the safety of our students, and the incident has been referred to SCI for investigation.

The after-school program is run by a subcontractor for the Spirts and Arts in School Foundation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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