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Bronx teacher accused of breaking special needs child’s leg

Posted at 6:43 AM, Apr 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 21:50:30-05

BRONX, N.Y. —Unlike nearly every other child in the New York City schools system, Ahmed Mbaye has been stuck at home the last three weeks.

In fact he’s barely able to move around and needs a walker to do so. The reason?

“Me and kid was playing UNO [in the classroom] so he lost and he got mad and started cursing at me,” said Mbaye in an exclusive interview with PIX 11 News. “So I cursed at him back and said don’t curse at me and then the teacher came and didn’t do nothing to the boy, sent me to my seat and got in my face and started screaming at me. So I went to the door to go to Mr. Page’s room and do my work there and then he grabbed me and bent my leg.”

The 9-year-old then went on to add: “Then I was on the floor, he put his knee on my leg then when he heard the big crack.”

Mbaye goes on to share what was going through his mind: “I was just thinking how was it going to be with my leg broken.”

It all happened at PS 186X in the Bronx on April 2, the Thursday before Good Friday.

According to Mbaye, after his leg was fractured, the school had the teacher file a report.

Mbaye was then treated by two EMTs, who put two boards on his leg and then tied it.

A few minutes later he was transported to Lincoln Hospital and it was then that he began sharing with paramedics, nurses and doctors exactly what had happened.

Medical records showed Mbaye suffered a “Salter-Harris II” fracture, which can impact his growth.

It was reported in the records that a Dr. Argawal spoke with his physician and the patient’s injuries are due to excessive force. The severity of the break was evident by the cast that runs all the way to the top of his leg.

All the 9-year-old could think about was one thing: “I thought they were going to have to do surgery on my leg and I didn’t want that to happen.”

“My son said that his leg went pop,”  said Nyree Pruit, Mbaye’s mother.

The 40-year-old had a hard time describing to PIX11 News what the last three weeks have been like for her. She is perplexed still as to how her son, a student with a learning disability, suffered a broken leg in his small classroom with his teacher and two para-professionals present.

“I don’t understand how this can happen,” Pruit said. “Because he is in a classroom with a teacher and two paras.”

According to the medical reports, two officers from the 41st Precinct questioned the child at the hospital and the NYPD along with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office have launched an investigation.

However, Pruit cannot comprehend why the teacher has not been charged with a crime.

“She said they are not going to make no hasty arrest,” Pruit said. “I want to know what is hasty about this arrest? Clearly my son was injured in school, the EMT picked him up from his school and took him to Lincoln Hospital so what’s hasty about what arrest.”

PIX11 News tried to speak with the principal at PS 186 to try and get some answers but she was unavailable to meet with us.

However, a New York City spokesperson did issue the following statement:

“We take this matter seriously, and it is currently under investigation. The teacher involved has been removed from the classroom.”

Attorney Seth Harris has seen a number of cases that have floored him, but this one involving his client is unlike any other.

“One thing you have to consider here is that this child has special needs and for a teacher to take advantage of any kid but especially one with special needs its just seems so lopsided,” Harris said. “How this could happen in our school system is quite remarkable and we are going to get to the bottom of it.”

PIX11 has learned that there is a civil suit against the City of New York and the Department of Education as a result of the incident. Harris said the Bronx District Attorney declined to prosecute the teacher involved.