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Rally and anti-bullying after teen beating with bat

RENSSELAER -- Supporters of a special needs teen allegedly beaten with a baseball bat at a city park rallied outside City Hall Wednesday to call for action. Falcon Seney, 18, said she was taking two of her young neighbors to play baseball at the Tracy St. Park last weekend when she asked a group to stop swearing at a senior. She said the group then grabbed her baseball bat and hit her.

Seneys mother and friends are asking the Common Council to support a request for cameras in the parks in next years budget. They also want a school resource officer in schools to prevent bullying and the police to bring those responsible to justice. Police said they arrested a 14-year-old and the case is being handled in Family Court.

The past week has been pretty horrific with Falcon healing. She's now having seizures especially since four of the boys that attacked her came to our house and our yard. She's afraid to even walk outside, said Bonnie Quickenton, Seneys mother. We want justice for Falcon. We want 11 sets of parents and 11 sets of children being accountable for their actions for what they did.

Seney was not at the rally or meeting because of the recent incident. Several speakers addressed the council on her behalf and pledged to hold additional rallies.

It's way too early. Weve had one budget meeting; we haven't even had any talks on revenue side so I can't even tell how close or how far apart. Im sure we're far apart from our expenditure and revenue side, said Council President Brian Stall. I hope between all the different departments we can take some action to help this, but a lot of it comes from home. It really is a parenting issue to know where your kids are and be aware of what they're doing and if it comes down to the police having to talk to the parents and really address it so they know it then I hope that happens.