In a country where teachers are setting high standards for themselves as role models to students, a teacher has set a bad example in society by misbehaving with a schoolboy. Yes, you read it right!
A 41-year-old Brooklyn teacher has been accused of inappropriately kissing a 13-year-old boy on the lips at school. He was detained on Friday by the cops for his alleged crime, as per police and education sources.
The teacher identified as Michael D’Anna, who works as a special education teacher, allegedly kissed the student. The incident happened at PS/IS 30, Mary White Ovington, in the Bay Ridge area at 8 am at 7002 4th Ave, the NYPD said.
Sources confirmed that the assistant principal was taken aback by the incident and immediately phoned the cops. The male teacher is being charged with acting in a way injurious to a child and sexual abuse.
Some other teachers who hit the headlines for similar reasons include Andrew Cowells, Anthony Peace, and Krystal Jackson.
D’Anna is a professional tenured teacher with the city’s Department of Education (DOE) since 2009. He has been working at PS/IS 30 since 2013. A DOE representative added that the agency would end the teacher’s contract.
D’Anna would be placed in an administrative post in the meantime. Meanwhile, the teacher has been reassigned to a DOE administrative office where he will not have any contact with the students. The incident is currently being investigated.
“The school immediately reported this deeply concerning allegation, and this individual has been removed from the school while we follow the necessary steps to pursue termination,” said DOE spokeswoman Katie O’Hanlon.
“The safety of our students is our top priority, and we are cooperating fully with the police department to assist with the investigation.” The DOE further added that the initial check did not disclose any prior misconduct by D’Anna.