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77-Year-Old Substitute Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Choking Student at College Point School: NYPD

A substitute teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly choking a student at a College Point middle school (Photo: Bill Oxford via Unsplash)

Dec. 12, 2022 By Christian Murray

A 77-year-old substitute teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly choking a student at a College Point middle school, police said.

Vernon Jerom allegedly grabbed the neck of a student at College Point Collaborative and was arrested at around 2:10 p.m. The school is located at 14th Avenue and 124th Street.

The 77-year-old has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal obstruction of breathing.

“These allegations are very disturbing, and this substitute teacher was immediately pulled from service,” a Department of Education spokesman said in a statement.

The child, whose grade level was not disclosed, was not injured in the attack, police said.

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