NYC classroom aide accused of grabbing 9-year-old boy by the neck arrested: investigators

Michael Elsen-Rooney, New York Daily News
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A former Brooklyn school aide accused of violently squeezing a 9-year-old student’s hands and then grabbing the boy by the neck, causing the child to fall to the ground, was arrested Thursday.

Standley McCray, 30, who worked as a paraprofessional classroom aide at the Peek-Davis school in Brooklyn, squeezed the boy’s hands for two minutes during a lunchroom encounter in October 2019, investigators said. He then grabbed the boy by the neck.

The Education Department’s commissioner for special investigation released a report on the incident in September 2020, and the NYPD arrested McCray Thursday, charging him with acting in a manner injurious to a child, assault, menacing and harassment. He was given a desk appearance ticket and released.

“There is no place in the New York City school system for an employee who physically assaults students, regardless of their intent. Mr. McCray’s behavior was dangerous, reckless, and wholly unacceptable,” said commissioner Anastasia Coleman.

Investigators also concluded last fall that the school’s principal, Shamika Watson, failed to report the incident even though she was in the school cafeteria when it happened. Watston told investigators she didn’t see it.

The boy’s mother reported the incident the following day after seeking medical treatment for her son, investigators said.

Education spokeswoman Danielle Filson said, “This behavior is absolutely unacceptable and Mr. McCray was terminated for this matter.”