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August 22, 2019

Brooklyn school staffer faces criminal charges for beating student inside storage closet

February 7, 2019
Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell (Middle School 61) at 400 Empire Blvd. (Todd Maisel / New York Daily News)

A Brooklyn assistant principal is facing criminal charges after he allegedly punched and kicked a student inside a school storage closet.

Derrande Moore, 42, of Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with assault and child endangerment on Wednesday.


Police believe Moore attacked a 13-year-old boy on Jan. 29 at Middle School 61, also known as Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell, where Moore worked as a school administrator.

The boy told police that trouble began when he got into an argument with Moore in the school cafeteria.

Things turned scary when Moore prevented the boy from leaving the cafeteria and began to manhandle him, according to court documents.

Moore grabbed the boy, threw him into a cafeteria table and dragged him into a storage closet where he was beaten bloody, the boy told police.

“The defendant punched the informant with a closed fist multiple times about the body and face,” Moore’s criminal complaint charges.

The attack left the boy traumatized, with lacerations to his face, neck and arm, according to police.

Moore, who’s worked in city schools since 2001 and has no previous disciplinary record, didn’t respond to calls for comment.

But a former coworker said Moore was an excellent administrator.

“It’s not an easy gig. He was a strict disciplinarian. He’s fair,” the ex-teacher said of Moore.

Students said school officials called a meeting about the incident on Thursday morning where they discussed the matter with students and advised them not to discuss it on social media.

Moore continues to draw his salary of $124,678 but he has been reassigned away from children pending the outcome of his criminal case.

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