Principal arrested, charged with assault on 7-year-old student

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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. article-principal2-0419

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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