Satmar Principal Charged With Assaulting 10-Year-Old
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
More than one week after he violently and repeatedly slapped a 10-year-old boy across the face, the principal of Satmar’s United Talmudical Academy in Spring Valley, New York was finally charged with assault, the Journal News reports.
Rabbi Meilech Spitzer was charged with third-degree assault with the intent to injure, a Class A misdemeanor, following a police investigation.
Photos of the injured child with bright red bruises on his swollen face and ear circulated on Twitter and Facebook within hours of the assault February 12, outing Spitzer as the assailant.
But no sources produced a police report when asked or would allow themselves to be quoted for attribution – meaning the story could not be covered by newspapers and other media outlets until the Journal News was finally able to obtain a copy of the police report over the weekend.
Even now, 13 days after the assault, police have reportedly refused to return calls about the incident or comment on it in any way.
Satmar is a large hasidic group with significant political clout in New York State.
[Hat Tips: Burich, Devorah.]