NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A substitute teacher has been fired after an 8-year-old girl said he pulled a hijab off her head and scratched her eye in the Bronx.
The incident happened at 3:15 p.m. Monday at P.S. 76, at 900 Adee Ave. in the Bronx, officials told CBS2.READ MORE: Delta Variant Intensifies Urgency To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Health Experts Say
Officials said the girl was in a physical altercation with the 31-year-old substitute teacher after he told her to remove her hijab.
The victim said her hijab was pulled off, and she was nudged and scratched in the eye by the teacher.READ MORE: 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Returns In Front Of A Live Audience Monday Night
The child was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, officials said. Her cornea was not scratched and she was not injured.
“This alleged behavior is completely unacceptable,” the Department of Education said in a statement. “This individual was removed from the school immediately and his employment has been terminated.”MORE NEWS: See It: NYPD Says Teenager Targeted For His Shoes By 2 Suspects Inside Bronx Bodega
Police responded, and the DOE was investigating late Tuesday.