- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City school officials on Monday warned principals to be on the lookout for bullying of West African students after two brothers from Senegal reported being taunted with chants of “Ebola” and attacked.

An advocacy group for African immigrants said the brothers, ages 11 and 13, also were jumped and beaten during the taunting Friday afternoon at a Bronx middle school. School officials said school safety officers broke up the fight and there were no serious injuries.

The group said the boys recently immigrated to the Bronx from Senegal. The country is outside the area hardest hit by Ebola, which has infected and killed thousands in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Administrators met with the boys’ father Monday morning. Afterward, officials at city’s Department of Education said they were working to discourage bullying and dispel misinformation about how Ebola can spread.

“We will not tolerate intimidation or bullying of our students, especially in this moment when New Yorkers need to come together,” said schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. “We are investigating this incident and we take this matter very seriously.”

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