ST. ALBANS, Queens (PIX11) -- Two Queens families have gone public, accusing teacher Alexander Perry of P. S. 118 of abusing their children.
Giovanni Garrick says her scariest nightmare as a mother came true. Her autistic son in the 5th grade was allegedly terrorized by his teacher, Mr. Perry.
Garrick and her attorneys at The Cochran Group released audio Tuesday that reportedly captured Mr. Perry verbally abusing and punching her son on Jan. 23. Last week the mother filed a $10 million Notice of Claim against New York City and the Department of Education.
They believe the school covered up this teacher's bad behavior for years and still supports him. "There was a day of solidarity and the administrators of the school asked kids to wear black shirts to support the teacher," explained attorney Derek Sells.
A second mother, Tiefica Sampson, has also moved to sue New York City and the Department of Education over accusations surrounding Perry. Sampson says Perry yelled at her 5th grade daughter and then "he picked her desk up with her in it, and put it in the corner."
Perry was arrested regarding the incident with Garrick's son and he's currently charged with third degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Perry and his attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The Department of Education removed Perry from the classroom after his arrest and release on bail. Sources tell PIX 11 the teacher will soon be terminated from his job at P. S. 118.