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A Brooklyn father says he’s suing after viewing newly released video footage that shows a school official punching his autistic son in the head. Anatoly Veltman Sr. is seeking $5 million in damages over the 2014 incident at Public School 225 in Brighton Beach, where a paraprofessional trained to work with special-needs students struck then-11-year-old Anatoly Veltman Jr.
Milton Parker was initially charged with felony assault for striking the boy in the school cafeteria. Parker pleaded guilty last year to a lesser charge — misdemeanor assault — and was required to attend anger management classes, according to WNBC. The elder Veltman told The Washington Post that he’s still shocked that a veteran paraprofessional like Parker could have assaulted his child.
Parker — a 26-year veteran of the New York City Department of Education — has since retired and is now collecting a pension. Sanford Rubenstein, an attorney representing the Veltman family, told The Post that it’s “unacceptable for a paraprofessional working in our schools to assault an 11-year-old, autistic child.” And, he added, the incident raises another question, too: “Should public employees who are found guilty or plead guilty to crimes get their pensions?”
Did the child have a behaviour plan that referenced aggression