220-Pound Queens Teacher Claims He Was Beat Up By A 6-Year-Old
A Queens teacher/former 220-pound college football player was so humiliated when he supposedly got beat up by a 50-pound 6-year-old that he had to see a psychiatrist to get over the emotional trauma. He's also suing the city -- and telling the media all about it.
John Webster, a 27-year-old gym teacher at PS 330, claims 6-year-old Rodrigo Carpio threw a temper tantrum earlier this year, during which he kicked and bit the former Morrisville State College tailback, causing a broken ankle, an injured knee and "emotional distress."
Again, Webster is now telling his story to the media so we can all share his (ahem) humiliation.
From the New York Post:
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 claims the incident left him in a fragile emotional state and a doctor told him not to return to his job.
The boy's parents say the lawsuit is ridiculous, calling it "absurd."
"How could my little boy do so much damage? My poor son," Jorge Caprio tells the paper.
Granted, this kid sounds like a little monster. But Webster stands at 5-foot-10 and, as we mentioned, he also weighs 220 pounds. Seems to us like his knees and ankles already are working overtime.
As for the "emotional distress": come on.
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