Richmond Hill HS is suspending more of its students than any other school in New York City.
The Queens secondary school, which has 2,169 students, handed out 492 suspensions as of May 5, according to city records.
That’s more than the 473 school officials doled out all of last year — and there’s still about six weeks left before classes end.
Vishnu Mahadeo, the school’s PTA president, blamed the high punishment rate on overcrowding and “weak leadership.”
“We have a new principal that is trying to bring up a behavior code,” he said. “When you don’t have strong leadership, the kids tend to be a little bit out of control. When you have a strong leadership, things change.”
Parents familiar with the school said overcrowding and disciplinary problems go hand-in-hand.
“When you push kids into overcrowded conditions, many will react in frustration and anger because it shows a school system doesn’t care about them,” said parent advocate Leonia Haimson.
The school’s principal, Neil Ganesh, didn’t return calls. He’s the third person appointed to lead the school in the last three years.