New York: High School principal beaten after asking student to turn down music

Tossman had asked an 18-year-old student on the lower Manhattan campus on Monday to turn down his music-blaring headphones.

By: AP | New York | Published:October 27, 2016 8:17 am
new york, new york principal beaten, new york high school principal beaten, nyc principal beaten, nyc school principal beaten, world news, new york news The New York City public high school principal had asked an 18-year-old student on the lower Manhattan campus on Monday to turn down his music-blaring headphones. (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Representational)

A principal of a New York City public high school who was beaten by a student after asking him to turn down the music in his headphones is recovering. Dr. Matthew Tossman addressed a letter to his students at Manhattan Early College School for Advertising on Tuesday thanking them for their support.

He also said he’ll be back as soon as possible. Tossman had asked an 18-year-old student on the lower Manhattan campus on Monday to turn down his music-blaring headphones.

A Department of Education spokesman says that according to police Tossman was attempting to pick up the headphones from the ground when he was punched and beaten.

The student, identified as Luis Penzo, was arraigned on assault charges. His lawyer said he was acting out because his mother died of a brain aneurysm last year.

Another student told the New York Post the school has gotten “out of control.”