BROOKLYN SCHOOL IN SLAP FLAP
By ALEX GINSBERG
Last Updated: 5:00 AM, October 1, 2007
Posted: 5:00 AM, October 1, 2007
A Brooklyn couple who wanted Catholic-school discipline for their son got a little too much of it when a teacher at the boy’s Crown Heights parochial school slapped him across the face, court papers allege.
In a suit filed last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court, the mother of the boy – Jashwa Reid, 9 – said she and her husband picked him up after class at St. Gregory the Great Parish School, last May 8, only to see him emerge from the building with his hand over his face.
“We saw the child coming towards us, holding his jaw,” said the boy’s father, Egbert Reid. “His mother, when she moved the hand from the child’s face, you could see three fingers there.
“I wanted to knock her out. It’s the God’s honest truth.”
Neither the teacher, Janet Paul, who is currently suspended pending an investigation, nor the school’s principal responded to messages.
“These days, we generally consider it to be a barbaric act to be striking students in the face,” said lawyer Ezra Glaser, who represents the boy. “The school is responsible.”