Queens Middle School Teacher Sprained Student's Finger: NYPD

A middle school teacher in Queens is charged with assaulting one of his students after he allegedly sprained the student's finger, the NYPD says.

Ramiro Cruz, 52, was arrested Wednesday at IS 45 Joseph Pulitzer School in Jackson Heights and charged with assault, police said.

A 13-year-old boy said Cruz grabbed a piece of paper from his hand and twisted his arm, authorities said. The student suffered a swollen, sprained left middle finger.

Police said the student reported that the teacher was insulting him, and when the student went to write the insults on a piece of paper, the teacher allegedly grabbed the student and forcibly took the paper out of his hand. 

Cruz is set to return to court on July 21. 

A message has been left with the Department of Education. 

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