2 Teachers Arrested for Assaulting Students

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011  |  Updated 4:02 PM EDT
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Two New York City teachers were charged Thursday with assaulting students in separate incidents in Brooklyn.

In the first incident, at PS 46 on Claremont Avenue, a 50-year-old teacher identified as Malcolm McConnachie was arrested for allegedly grabbing the arm of a 7-year-old student and forcing her into a chair, bruising her arm. 

Emergency personnel took the child to Brooklyn Hospital to be treated.

McConnachie was charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
A school spokeswoman told NBC New York the school could not comment on an ongoing situation.

"We're not at liberty to talk about that. There's an investigation going on," she said.

It is unclear if McConnachie has a lawyer.

A second teacher was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 10-year-old male student at PS 92 on Parkside Avenue.  The student was transported to Downstate Medical Center in stable condition with a minor injury to his neck, police said.

The teacher, identified as 60-year-old Gary Smith, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and third degree assault.

It was immediately unclear if he had a lawyer.
 

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