NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, September 23, 2016, 4:22 PM
A Bronx charter school teacher was arrested Friday for beating up and robbing a 16-year-old student who owed him $ 4000 in drug money, according to police.
Kevin Pope, 48, a science teacher at the John V. Lindsey Wildcats Academy in Hunts Point was arrested about 10 a.m. two blocks away from the school, officials said. He allegedly beat the teen so badly doctors needed staples to close the wounds to the back of his head.
The teen, whose name was not released, told cops Pope approached him demanding $ 4,000 for drugs he had sold the victim but was never paid for. The type of drugs were not immediately disclosed.
Pope attacked the teen when he didn’t fork over the money, and ran off with the victim’s iPhone, chain and wallet, cops said.
The teen was taken to an area hospital with deep cuts and bruises to his face and the back of his head.
John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School is a privately run, publicly funded charter school for high school students who have dropped out of traditional high schools.
A spokesman for the charter school had no comment on Pope’s arrest when reached by phone Friday.
Pope’s arraignment was pending Friday evening.