Harlem high school teacher charged with assault after allegedly grabbing 17-year-old girl by neck

A teacher at a Harlem high school faces assault charges after he manhandled a teenage student, police said Thursday.

Cops say Abdu-Allah Torrence, 44, who works at the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change on W. 135th St. and Adam Clayton Powel Jr. Blvd., was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Torrence grabbed the 17-year-old student by the back of the neck at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The teen’s mom took her to Harlem Hospital, where she was treated for a sprained neck, police sources said.

Torrence was charged Wednesday and given a desk appearance ticket, police said.

A man answering Torrence’s phone declined comment Thursday.

“This behavior is completely unacceptable and has no place in our schools. Mr. Torrence has been removed from the school and reassigned away from students pending the resolution of his criminal case,” Education Department spokeswoman Toya Holness said Thursday.

Torrence, who makes $89,696 annually, started working for the Education Department in 1996, officials said. He became a teacher at Thurgood Marshall in 2011.

Credit: NY Daily News

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