2012-03-02 / Top Stories

Dad: Teacher Slapped My Son

By Howard Schwach

An irate Far Rockaway father charges that a teacher slapped his son inside a Nameoke Street school last week after the eighth grader dropped his test paper on the floor.

Leon Green, whose son, Derek, attends the Village Academy School, a small school sited at Intermediate School 53, told The Wave on Tuesday that his son was sitting in his seat while the teacher, identified by the father as Louis D’Angelo, was handing out test papers.

“The test fell off his desk and onto the floor,” the elder Green said. “The teacher picked it up and then threw it on the floor.

“I don’t have time to play with you,” D’Angelo allegedly told the teen. According to Green, the teacher then slapped the boy hard on the mouth.

“He has slapped my boy before, mostly playfully,” Greed added. “This was not playful.”

When the boy, stung by the hard slap, began to get out of his seat, the father says, the teacher grabbed him hard on the back of his neck and took him to the dean’s office.

When the father was called to the school, the dean told Green that his son was always “playing around,” and that he had cursed the teacher.

D’Angelo reportedly denied that he ever slapped the teen, playfully or not.

Green says that it is not right for the teacher to touch his son, especially in anger. He wants him disciplined by the Department of Education.

Calls to the school for comment were referred to the Department of Education.

Long-time Board of Education spokesperson Margie Feinberg said that the principal has taken “necessary action” in the slapping incident, removing the teacher from the classroom pending investigation.

“We take this very seriously,” Feinberg added.

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