A Department of Education worker was attacked by three teens outside a New York City school early Wednesday while he was shoveling the foot of snow Winter Storm Janus dumped on the city Tuesday.
The 40-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, New York Daily News reported.
Parents are questioning why Mayor Bill de Blasio kept schools open after some parts of the city saw up to 13 inches of snow. Many private schools remain closed Wednesday morning.
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday night that public schools would be open Wednesday despite the fact that Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency hours earlier and ordered parents to pick their children up from school early.
Fariña acknowledged that travel conditions are difficult.
Last night the mayor pleaded with New Yorkers to stay off the roads.
“People should stay home for the longest extent possible. If you need to go out, you should stay out as briefly as possible,” de Blasio said Tuesday.
“I’m surprised the schools are opened,” one parent told PIX 11. “It’s not good weather for the kids to be out.”
It was 10 degrees Fahrenheit in NYC at noon Wendesday, while the wind chill is -11 degrees.