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Rodrigo Carpio accused of beating up John Webster

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By John Slattery

New York (WCBS/CNN) - A gym teacher in New York says his ankle was broken and knee injured in an attack.

The accused attacker: a 50-pound first-grader.

At 5'10" tall and 220 pounds, you'd think John Webster could handle himself. But this former Division III college football player said he met his match with a pint-sized student who broke his ankle and injured his knee.

"It's very humiliating and defaming, but at the same time, it's true," said Webster.

The 27-year-old gym teacher said it happened in April at PS 330 in Elmhurst, Queens while he was escorting Rodrigo Carpio, then in first grade, to the cafeteria.

"The student in question was jumping and spinning around the stairs," said Webster.

He says he told the child to stop, and when he continued, he grabbed his arms.

"He was very, very strong. He was kicking me, using the heel of his feet to kick me in my legs. He spun around and belted me right directly in the right knee. And I was trying to move back away but I was by the stairs and stuff so I heard a big pop to my knee," said Webster.

He says he suffered a broken ankle and his right knee required surgery, injuries that have kept him out of work.

At the child's apartment, his mother said the boy denied it.

[Reporter]: "When you asked him, did you kick the man, what did he say?"

"He said, 'No mommy,'" said his mother, Josefa Marcia da Silva.

[Reporter]: "Did you kick him?"

"I don't know. I forgot," said Rodrigo Carpio.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education says the office cannot comment on pending litigation.

Webster's attorney says the 6-year-old has a history of attacking students and another teacher, and the school was aware.

Webster says he's hoping the Department of Education will reimburse him for his $10,000 worth of medical bills.


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