A NYC gym teacher was charged and arrested this week after slamming a Black student into a wall and onto the ground over a basketball.
The incident was caught on camera Wednesday (February 16) at Cardozo High School in Queens when 58-year-old Colin McNally confronted an unnamed 14-year-old student who was walking out of the gym with a basketball in his hands. McNally confiscated the ball, which the student attempted to get back. That’s when McNally snatched the boy up by his shirt, shoving him against the wall and hurled him onto the ground.
Students and staff members stood on in disbelief as McNally grabbed the boy up off the ground and pinned him to the wall for a second time.
School officials claimed the boy was not hurt. McNally was arrested on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child and has since reportedly been released.
The NYPD and NYC Department of Education are investigating the incident. A spokesperson for the city’s DOE said in a statement, “These are incredibly disturbing allegations, and Mr. McNally was immediately removed from the classroom away from students, pending the outcome of the investigation.”
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