Spitting distance: Park Slope shelter resident spits on kids and teacher from nearby school

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The principal of a Park Slope elementary school is asking for parent volunteers to protect kids on their way to gym class at the Eight Avenue Armory YMCA, where a homeless woman allegedly spit on children and a teacher last month.

“In light of the incident that occurred near the Armory on Thursday, April 18, I’m writing to ask for your help,” wrote PS 107 Principal Eve Litwack in an April 29th email sent to parents.

A group of PS 107 students were walking the block from their Eight Avenue school to gym class at the YMCA between 14th and 15th streets at around noon on April 18, when a resident of the homeless shelter also located within the historic armory building became irate, and spit on a teacher and some kids, according to another email Litwack sent parents shortly after the assault

“One of the residents of the women’s shelter, which is also housed at the Armory, approached a teacher, made lewd comments about her (that some of the children overheard), then spat several times on and near her,” Litwack wrote. “Some of the children who were nearest to her were also hit by her spittle, either directly or indirectly.”

A police report was not filed regarding the assault on the elementary-aged children, according to a spokeswoman for the police department, who would not say whether police are investigating the incident, of if any arrests have been made, referring all further questions to the Department of Education.

Police officers did visit PS 107 last weekend — more than two weeks after the spitting attack occurred — where they discussed additional safety measures that could be implemented at the Eighth Avenue school, according to Department of Education spokeswoman Miranda Barbot, who could not immediately comment regarding NYPD claims that no report had been filed.

In her April 29 email, Litwack asked parent PE volunteers to meet kids inside the school’s lobby — not at the armory as they did previously — before escorting them to the YMCA for gym class.

The women’s shelter has also posted guards at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue during hours when kids are taking gym class at the Y, according to Litwack’s email.

News of the assault comes just days after city officials met with residents to address concerns regarding two new shelters the city plans on opening on Fourth Avenue later this year, which will house families split between 253 units.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 4:29 pm, May 7, 2019
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Fujimora Mitsukoshi from Shinjuku says:
There are a lot of mentally unstable people loose on the streets. Now Eric Gonzales wants to spring people from jail. The politicians protect everybody except the tax paying, law abiding citizens. ‘Progressive’ is code word for ‘the middle class is gonna get screwed over’. Wait til millions of illegals come in, including lots of criminals and new diseases! Oh and don’t forget to open up your wallets for those reparations! Suckas!
May 7, 2019, 4:32 pm
Sam says:
I don't see the fuss, some people enjoy being spit on. Also, I'd like to hear the spitter's side. This is just one-sided hear-say.
May 8, 2019, 2:38 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
We need to treat people with mental illness with compassion and understanding, not vitriol and prejudice. Parents should protect kids, and mentally ill people should be accomodated as best as possible. And like most people, most disabled people are harmless.
May 8, 2019, 10:59 am
John Proctor from South Slope says:
I walk by the armory every day, and have generally positive interactions with the people staying at the shelter. It sounds like the principal did the right thing in notifying the parents and refraining from clogging the precinct since this is clearly not an issue police should be involved in. This article is irresponsible in implying that somehow this is a criminal matter, but especially in trying to fan the flames of fear in the last paragraph by making connections that aren't there.
May 8, 2019, 11:40 am
Boris from Borough Park says:
There was a second spitter; why is no one discussing this?
May 8, 2019, 12:26 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Maybe a little street justice? She's not gonna be spitting on anyone any time soon with her jaw wired shut.
May 9, 2019, 11:50 am
angela from park slope from park slope/borough park says:
i believe john proctor would be singing a different tune if it was his kids who got spit on... its disgusting... will spitting lead to assault?
May 13, 2019, 5:55 am
John Proctor from South Slope says:
My kids weren't spit on, but one of them was pushed off a stoop when she was five years old by a rich old white dude off the corner of 10th St and Seventh Avenue a couple years ago because she had the nerve to sit on it. And yes, I was as upset about it as parents probably are here. It was at least as much assault as this case, but it being a rich old white dude on the stoop to his brownstone, he ran back inside and I didn't even think to call the police. What do you think they would have said if I'd called?
May 18, 2019, 9:57 am

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