The mother of an autistic 10-year-old boy wants to sue the Department of Education and the city for $10 million after a St. Albans schoolteacher allegedly attacked her son in the classroom, according to published reports.
Giovanni Garrick, the boy’s mother, claims that on Jan. 23, Alexander Perry, a teacher at P.S. 118, wrongly accused her son of cheating on a test then repeatedly punched him, reports said. He also cursed at the boy and threatened the rest of the class to keep quiet.
The incident left Garrick’s son, identified as M.B. in court papers, injured and psychologically damaged, her lawyers claim.
Perry, 36, was arrested and arraigned on charges of assault, acting in a manner injurious to a child and harassment. He was released on his own recognizance.
According to published reports, Perry has been removed from the classroom and is in the process of being fired.