Harrison music teacher charged with endangering welfare of child

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A Harrison teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly assaulting one of his 10-year-old students.

Parson Memorial Elementary School music teacher James Pyle, 71, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The charge comes after allegations of an altercation the teacher had back in January with a student in his fourth-grade music class.

Friends of the victim’s family say Pyle “lost it” during class and allegedly threw the child to the ground, forced him under a desk and forced the boy’s face toward his groin.

They say the student went to the office after another teacher got involved. The student was then taken to the doctor, where family members say injuries were found.

The superintendent tells News 12 that Pyle is not permitted to work with students pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. Pyle is due back in court March 6 in Harrison.

Pyle is a married father of two with degrees from Princeton and Yale. He's been a fixture in Harrison schools since 1982 and was remembered fondly by parents who spoke to News 12.

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