A bulky Queens, New York gym teacher is claiming that he was violently attacked by a 6-year-old 1st-grader back in April, the New York Post reports.
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John Webster told The Post that 6-year-old Rodrigo Carpio “fractured his ankle, injured his knee and forced him to go to a shrink for stress.”
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The kid was only 50 pounds at the time.
“It’s sort of like an angel-devil sort of thing,” the 5-foot-10, 220-pound ex-college running back told the newspaper. “[Rodrigo] looks like an angel, but then, all of a sudden, that halo turns into horns. It’s been a nightmare. It’s embarrassing. It’s humiliating.”
Webster plans on suing the city over his allegations.
Though, the little boy’s parents say Webster’s claims don’t make sense. “The lawsuit is totally absurd. How could my little boy do so much damage? My poor son,” Jorge Carpio, the boy’s dad, told The Post.
The boy’s mom added, “This is a terrible thing to say [about] a child.”
“To every mother, their child is an angel,” said Josefa Marcia da Silva, 33, of her son, now 4-foot-3 and 64 pounds. “I know that he has problems, but he doesn’t deserve to be called such names.”
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But Webster’s claims are backed up by an April 26 school “occurrence report” filed by the principal that says Rodrigo “was physically aggressive” and karate-kicked Webster in the knee and ankle that day.
Webster was accompanying Rodrigo and other students to the cafeteria for lunch when the boy started horseplaying, the teacher told The Post.
Webster said that he chided Rodrigo, but that the kid started kicking him.
“I tried to hold his wrists, and he began biting me,’’ Webster said. “I took him to the principal’s office, and he kicked me in the ankle, and one kick landed right on my knee. I felt a pop.’’
Rodrigo then kicked and pinched the acting principal and school safety officer, the occurrence report states.
NYPD responded but took no action. The boy’s parents refused to allow him to be taken to a hospital for observation.
Webster, who played tailback for upstate Morrisville State College, said his doctor told him he had to stay away from work for several months because of his physical and emotional state. But a Department of Education doctor told him to go back last month, so “I’m in limbo,’’ Webster said.
This story is truly interesting indeed. The boy’s mom says her son is taking medication to help him focus. “He is getting help, and he is much better now,” she told The Post.
Unfortunately, Webster isn’t. The Post contacted the school principal where the boy is enrolled and the DOE. Both declined to comment.