Superintendent issues strange warning to parents about kids' clothing

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — A Long Island school superintendent warned parents to check what their children wear after a student's shirt was taken and burned on his way to school.

A Brentwood Freshman Center student was walking to his bus stop Wednesday morning when a red car pulled up alongside him, according to Superintendent Levi McIntyre. The passengers in the car demanded the student hand over his blue shirt; they set it on fire and threw the shirt back out the car window after the student turned it over.

They told him never to wear the color again.

McIntyre, in a letter sent out to the school district, asked parents to make sure their children don't wear clothing that could indicate gang affiliation.

"Please know that school officials will continue to remind students to be observant of their surroundings and report any suspicious activities immediately," McIntyre wrote to parents in the Brentwood school district. "We are also asking parents to be vigilant in monitoring their children and be aware of their location at all times. We also ask that children not wear clothing that could be considered to be gang-affiliated."

Recent events have elevated safety concerns for teenagers in the area. Nisa Mickens, 15, was found dead on Sept. 13. Police found the body of her friend, Kayla Cuevas, 16, the next day.

Human remains were found on Sept. 16. They were later identified as 19-year-old Oscar Acosta, who was reported missing May 2. Police also found the remains of a 17-year-old on Wednesday.

The MS13 gang is suspected of involvement with all of the recent deaths currently under investigation.

"I want to be very clear about this," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said at a news conference on Thursday. "The only people that should be fearful right now in Brentwood are those gang members."

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