Biden says he’s “going to protect” the schoolgirls at Franklin High School in Brooklyn.
“Franklin High School has been the target of so much harassment, bullying and intimidation,” Biden said in a statement.
“I want to send a clear message to my colleagues at the Capitol that we will not stand by while this occurs.
This will not be tolerated.
The safety of our students, staff and community is of the utmost importance to me and we will do everything we can to ensure that this never happens again.”
Biden said he has spoken with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the New York State Department of Education, which is investigating the bullying.
He also said he is working with the school’s Superintendent, Mary Ellen Pappas, to “help them understand the severity of this.”
The president was speaking in Washington, D.C., as the school board is set to meet Monday afternoon to discuss the harassment allegations against the school.
Biden said that after the board voted to fire the teacher, he met with Pappass.
“My administration is working closely with the superintendent and the board to ensure the safety and security of our schools and students,” Biden tweeted.
Biden was also asked about his relationship with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is facing criticism for failing to protect schoolgirls in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against a former aide.
The governor, a Democrat, was named interim Democratic leader following the resignations of Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and other lawmakers.
“What happened to me at the school is horrific,” Biden told reporters at a press conference in Washington.
“It was terrible.
I’m devastated for the girl that was assaulted, for the school, for all of those who were victimized, for her parents.
I want to make it clear that the governor is the first person I spoke with in the hours after this happened.”
The governor called the allegations against former aide Jessica Leeds “horrific” on Sunday.
“We know how badly hurt those girls are by what has happened,” Cuomo said in the statement.
The president did not address the allegations in the news conference.
But he did say he is “disappointed” in Pappasses and his administration for not “getting it.”
“It is time for my administration to do something,” he said.
I will be working with my team to make sure that happens.” “
This is not something that I feel like I can do on my own, that I can be the only one that does something.
I will be working with my team to make sure that happens.”
The Trump administration has made no public comment about the sexual harassment allegations.
A federal investigation into the claims against the teacher is ongoing.