A Brooklyn principal was charged with assaulting an unruly 7-year-old student in a heinous attack that was caught on video, authorities said Wednesday.
Machael Spencer-Edwards, 42, was walking the halls of Public School 202 in East New York on March 13when he spotted the boy running around the lunchroom in a banned hoodie and hitting staffers, sources said.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound principal allegedly dragged the child out of the cafeteria and forced him to the ground. With the boy cowering in front of him, Spencer-Edwards punched and kicked the second-grader, prosecutors said.
Hasheem Welch returned home that day with a swollen face and bruises on his stomach and back, his mother recalled.
Cops arrested Spencer-Edwards on Tuesday following a month-long investigation. He was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court on several charges, including misdemeanor assault and endangering the welfare of a child. A judge ordered him released without bail.
No one answered the door at the principal’s Far Rockaway, Queens, home Wednesday.
But Spencer-Edwards did provide a statement to the police denying he assaulted Hasheem, law enforcement sources said.
The principal told cops he had merely grabbed the boy by the arm after the student tried to kick him, the sources said.
Credit: NY Daily News