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Parents upset about man encouraging child in fight

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Fifth-grade fists were flying outside a New York schoolyard and a father can be seen and heard directing his son to fight harder.

"Punch him in the face. There you go. Do it again. No. No. No. Turn around. Come back. Do it again."

It happened a couple weeks ago and has since been pulled from social media, but it's still making headlines now prompting a police investigation and it's still making parents cringe.

"’Punch him again, punch him again.’ That was really... I was appalled,” one parent said. 

No one's quite sure what the fight was about, but they say there was no excuse for the dad's behavior.

"He should have gone to the principal, said, 'My son is being bullied,' if he's getting bullied, and taken care of it the right way. Not put his son to fight out in the street. What is that teaching his son?"

Someone was upset enough about it to file a complaint with the NYPD.

They're investigating, and parents say dads or moms who behave this way should be held accountable.

"They need to be reprimanded, and their children need to know exactly what was wrong."

The department of education says, "The principal has met the student and his parent and there will be swift and appropriate disciplinary action,” but some parents say the school has been awfully silent on the issue.

"The school should have reached out, sent a letter following the incident that this type of behavior will not be acceptable by any parent or any child."

"Every child knows about it now. It's being spoken about at home. Make some sort of assembly where they speak to the children directly, and let the children speak back, too."

Police sources told a local station that detectives have identified the man in the video.
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