News Brooklyn school principal charged with beating student, NYPD says The principal of P.S. 202 Ernest S. Jenkyns School in East New York, pictured, is charged with assaulting a 7-year-old student on March 13, 2017, police said on April 18. Photo Credit: Google Maps By Lauren Cook email@example.com @L_Cook865 Updated April 19, 2017 1:53 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The principal of P.S. 202 Ernest S. Jenkyns School in East New York, Brooklyn has been charged after he allegedly beat a 7-year-old student in school last month. Machael Spencer-Edwards, 42, had pulled the boy out of class on March 13, claiming he was being disruptive. He then beat the child, punching and kicking him as a form of punishment, according to police. The boy suffered bruising from the beating, but was not taken to a hospital, police said. After a lengthy investigation, Spencer-Edwards was charged on Tuesday with assault and acting in a manner injurious to a child, according to the NYPD. A spokesman for city Department of Education said Spencer-Edwards has been reassigned but is still receiving pay as the agency continues its investigation. “This alleged behavior is deeply disturbing, and has no place in our schools. This principal has been removed from the school and reassigned away from students,” spokesman Michael Aciman said in an emailed statement. “We are providing additional guidance and ongoing support to the school community.” P.S. 202 Ernest S. Jenkyns School teaches children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the DOE’s website. About 505 students are currently enrolled there. By Lauren Cook firstname.lastname@example.org @L_Cook865 Lauren joined amNY.com as a news editor in 2016. Previously, she worked as a web producer at CBS New York and News 12. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.