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Harlem school principal accused of assaulting 7-year-old student with autism

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 15:35:50-05

HARLEM, Manhattan — A principal at a Harlem charter school was arrested for assaulting a 7-year-old student with autism, according to police.

Jason Epting, 43, was taken into custody Thursday and faces charges, including felony assault and acting in a manner injurious to a child, authorities said.

The boy’s mother told the New York Daily News the principal of Harlem Hebrew Language Academy left her son bleeding during the January incident.

NYPD received a video of the incident, and cops contacted the child’s mother to say they opened up an investigation.

Epting, who os a co-head of the school, had been placed on administrative leave following the incident, Joe Rosenberg, the president and CEO of the Hebrew Public, said in a statement.

"The Board will take this new development under advisement during closed executive session on March 11, 2020, the date of its next scheduled meeting," the statement continued.