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Gym teacher and former football player, 27, to sue city because 6-year-old first-grader beat him up

Oct 1, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT


Here Comes Honey Boom Boom. A 27-year-old, 220-pound gym teacher who played college football has recently filed notice to sue the city of New York, after claiming a six-year-old first grader attacked him and caused physical and emotional injuries. PS 330 (Queens) teacher John Webster, who played tailback at Morrisville State, according to the New York Post, says first grader Rodrigo Carpio (4-foot-2, 50 pounds) fractured his ankle, injured his knee and forced him to miss work due to stress.


“[Rodrigo] looks like an angel, but then, all of a sudden, that halo turns into horns. It’s been a nightmare. It’s embarrassing. It’s humiliating.”

But Rodrigo’s dad, Jorge Carpio, 44, scoffed: “The lawsuit is totally absurd. How could my little boy do so much damage? My poor son.”

Webster says he must now wear braces on his right ankle and knee.

Webster was accompanying Rodrigo and other students to the cafeteria for lunch when the boy started horseplaying, the teacher told The Post.

Webster said that he chided Rodrigo, but that the kid started kicking him.

“I tried to hold his wrists, and he began biting me,’’ Webster said. “I took him to the principal’s office, and he kicked me in the ankle, and one kick landed right on my knee. I felt a pop.’’

Webster said his doctor told him that he should stay away from work for several months, according to the Post. But a doctor from the Department of Education told him to go back last month.

“I’m in limbo,’’ Webster said.

  1. winkeroni - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    The kid turns into the rainmaker.

  2. eslaught - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    We call this guy names because a 6 year old “beat him up”, imagine if he had kicked this kid across the room, we would be calling this guy a monster. This dude will never win in public opinion even if he is telling the absolute truth.