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Bronx charter school teacher busted for beating student who kept 4K he gave the teen to buy a pound of pot

Kevin Pope, a teacher at John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter Academy School, is led from the 41st Precinct in the Bronx on Friday after being charged with robbery and assault of a student.

A 48-year-old Bronx charter school teacher was arrested Friday for attacking a 16-year-old student who stiffed him during a drug buy, officials said.

Kevin Pope, a science teacher at the John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy in Hunts Point, was arrested at 10 a.m. for beating the teen so badly doctors needed staples to close several deep wounds on the back of the victim’s head, police sources said.

Pope then stormed off with the teen’s gold chain, iPhone and wallet — apparent compensation for the money he lost in a botched marijuana buy involving the teen, cops said.

The alleged attack took place on Seneca Ave. near Hunts Point Ave. on Wednesday — about two blocks from the school.

Students at the charter school were stunned that the teacher — described as a “cool guy” — had been arrested.

“(He was) a straight up teacher,” said one student, who wished not to give his name. “He’d make you understand the lessons. I never knew him to be shady.”

Students said Pope was fairly new to the academy, a privately run, publicly funded charter school for older students who have dropped out of traditional schools or who have criminal histories.

Kevin Pope beat up the teen so badly after he refused to give him back the $4,000 meant for about a pound of marijuana.

A spokesman for the school had no comment on Pope’s arrest when reached by phone Friday.

The teen told Pope he had a drug connection in Manhattan in June.

The pair went to see the dealer and Pope ponied up $4,000 for about a pound of weed, possibly in the hopes of reselling some of it, police sources said.

But after the dealer asked for $7,000, the teen backed out of the deal and walked off with Pope’s money, cops said.

On Wednesday, the troubled teacher approached the teen, demanding his money back.

When the student didn’t fork over the cash, Pope attacked him and ran off with his property, cops said.

The teen told cops Pope approached him demanding the cash back after he pocketed it and never bought the drugs.

“You better get me my money or I will kill you!” the teacher said after the beating, sources say. 

Pope was charged with assault and robbery. Dressed in a white dress shirt and light blue sports jacket, the Harlem resident was surprised to see reporters outside the 41st Precinct stationhouse as he was escorted to central booking.

“Really?” he asked before bowing his head, refusing to answer questions. Pope’s arraignment was pending Friday night.

“When I heard this, my brain rattled,” said one of Pope’s neighbors, who refused to give his name. “He’s a good-natured person. I can’t believe it.”

Other neighbors described Pope as a friendly soul who went out of his way to help building residents.

“He’s so nice,” said Shanti Smith, 16. “I see him every morning. He fixed my computer a couple of times when it had a virus.” 

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Comment by Big Shot... on September 25, 2016 at 6:44pm
LOL, beat dat ass...

@Mr1Stroke: I hear you, I would've got to his ass too, but not that way. I say the teacher was stupid for going that route in the 1st place, he's 16y-o and goes to the same school HE's employed at. He must have went for all the bridges that kid was selling and the kid was probably just another small time user. This is bad judgement, if you wanted that bad and had no options, diving in with $4k isn't exactly the way to go. He treated that kid in many ways like he was one of his peers. Now he's found out the hard way that he's still just a daam kid.. (Life changed over night for the worst. SMH..)
Comment by Ninja Ranks on September 25, 2016 at 6:19pm

Can you believe this? Of all people a teacher

Comment by Bombahdrop on September 25, 2016 at 6:01pm
Grown ass people teaching the young to do wrong instead of doing good.
Comment by mr1stroke on September 25, 2016 at 5:24pm

i would beat his ass too, either youre a drug dealer or a thief, it dont matter what went wrong or he is a teacher a deal is a deal, point blank period, that teacher is such of nice person, mufucker like me would kill his ass, dont ever cross a man and expect to see him again

Comment by Lu on September 25, 2016 at 5:03pm

when the good gone stupid...smh

Comment by Big Shot... on September 25, 2016 at 3:23am


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