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NYC charter school teacher beats up student for stiffing him during drug deal

September 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYC charter school teacher beats up student for stiffing him during drug deal

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A 48-year-old teacher at a Bronx Charter School was taken into custody on Friday for allegedly attacking a 16-year-old student who stiffed him during a drug deal.

Kevin Pope, who teaches science at the John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy in Hunts Point, was apprehended at ten a.m. for striking the teen so severely that doctors required staples to close several deep wounds on the back of the student’s head, according to police sources.

Pope then fled with the teen’s iPhone, gold chain, and wallet, which was apparent compensation for the cash he lost in the drug deal gone wrong.

The attack reportedly took place about two blocks away from the school on Wednesday.

Students were bewildered that the teacher — who they referred to as a “cool guy” — had been arrested.

“(He was) a straight up teacher,” one student said. “He’d make you understand the lessons. I never knew him to be shady.”

Students also said that Pope was somewhat new to the school, which is a privately managed, publicly funded charter school for older students who have dropped out of traditional schools or who have criminal pasts.

The victim allegedly informed Pope in June that he had a drug connect in Manhattan.

The two went to see the dealer and Pope coughed up $4,000 for approximately one pound of marijuana, potentially in the hopes of reselling it, the New York Daily News reported.

After the drug dealer instead had asked for $7,000 in exchange for the drugs, the student withdrew from the deal and walked away with Pope’s money, police reported.

On Wednesday, the crazed teacher advanced toward the teen, demanding his money.

When the student didn’t hand over his cash from the drug deal, Pope assaulted him and fled with his property.

“You better get me my money, or I will kill you!” the teacher shouted after the attack, sources indicated.

Pope was charged with robbery and assault. The Harlem resident was shocked to see journalists outside the 41st Precinct as he was brought into central booking.

“Really?” he asked before dropping his head, declining to answer questions.

“When I heard this, my brain rattled,” one of Pope’s neighbors stated. “He’s a good-natured person. I can’t believe it.”

Other next-door-neighbors referred to Pope as a friendly man who went out of his way to help fellow residents.

“He’s so nice,” said 16-year-old Shanti Smith. “I see him every morning. He fixed my computer a couple of times when it had a virus.”

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