The principal of a Brooklyn grammar school has been arrested following allegations that he punched and kicked an unruly 7-year-old student. Machael Spencer-Edwards, 42, was charged misdemeanor assault, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and harassment and menacing for the March 13 incident. Spencer-Edwards attacked the child after he caused a disturbance in his classroom and slapped a staffer at P.S. 202 in East New York.
According to court documents cited by New York’s Daily News, enraged Spencer-Edwards removed the boy from his classroom, knocked him to the ground, and kicked and punched him. The 7-year-old suffered bruises but no serious injuries, according to police. Following an investigation, cops arrested Spencer-Edwards on Tuesday. After a brief arraignment proceeding, a judge ordered him released without bail later that day.
The New York City Department of Education have yet to make a statement on the incident and didn't immediately respond requests for information on Spencer-Edwards’ status. Located in East New York, P.S. 202 has long struggled with a variety of issues, with only one in 10 students able to read or do math at grade level. Spencer-Edwards has been principal at the school since 2013.
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