A month-long investigation resulted in the arrest of a Brooklyn elementary school principal for assaulting a seven-year-old student at P.S. 202 in East New York.
Machael Spencer-Edwards, 42, has also been removed from the school and reassigned to a position where he will have no interaction with students, according to the New York City Department of Education.
The incident allegedly occurred on March 13 when Spencer-Edwards was patrolling the halls and observed a second grade student named Hasheem Welch hitting staffers and running around the lunchroom while also wearing a banned hooded sweatshirt. Spencer-Edwards, who stands 6’3″ and weighs 175 pounds, dragged Welch out of the lunchroom and into a nearby stairwell. where he kicked him and punched him in the head and body.
When Welch returned home that day, his mother Shema McKenzie observed bruises on her son’s stomach area and back, as well as swelling to his face.
When questioned, Spencer-Edwards denied assaulting Welch. But police later were able to obtain a video tape (that has not yet been released to the public) that did in fact verify the boy’s account.
Spencer-Edwards was charged with misdemeanor assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
A DOE spokesman stated, “This alleged behavior is deeply disturbing and has no place in our schools. We are providing additional guidance and ongoing support to the school community.”
Spencer-Edwards is reportedly still receiving his $139,901 salary, in his new position.
H/T: NY Daily News
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