A substitute teacher at a Queens middle school was arrested for choking a student, police said Friday.
Vernon Jerom, 77, had his hands around the student’s neck for about five seconds inside IS 336 Thursday, the College Point Collaborative Education Building, police said.
The student, a 12-year-old boy, was not hurt and did not require medical attention. He went home shortly after the incident and told his family what happened, police said.
The teacher was suspended, according to the Department of Education.
“These allegations are very disturbing, and this substitute teacher was immediately pulled from service,” said Education Department spokesman Nathaniel Styer.
Jerom was charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child, attempted assault and harassment, all misdemeanors.
Following an arraignment in Queens Criminal Court, he was released without bail.