Biondi School employees arrested, accused of illegally restraining student
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YONKERS - A teacher and a teacher's aide are accused of illegally restraining a 13-year-old student at the Biondi School on the Leake and Watts campus in Yonkers.
Biondi School teacher Pierre Henry, 39, and teacher's aide Michael Holt, 45, were arrested Tuesday and charged with numerous misdemeanors, including endangering the welfare of a child. The two are accused of holding down the male student and striking him, causing the boy to cry out in pain in October 2013. The boy reportedly did not suffer serious injuries.
Sources tells News 12 that Holt is a Mount Vernon firefighter who had been working a side job at the school.
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As required by law, the school for kids with emotional and behavioral problems notified the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. The Justice Center launched an investigation, which notified Yonkers police who arrested the two yesterday.
School officials released a statement saying they have terminated the employees.
The two former staffers were arraigned in Yonkers City Court and released without bail. A court order has been issued preventing both men from contacting the alleged victim.
They are both scheduled to be back in court on May 7.