Court Case Involving Silk City Principal Postponed

PATERSON, NJ - A municipal court hearing on assault charges involving a May 24 incident between a Silk City Academy student and the school's principal has been postponed until July 23.

Court papers say the incident began when the principal, Sebastian Calabria, went to the classroom being disrupted by some students.

Calabria maintains that one of the students started cursing at him and that he told the student, who is 16, to leave the classroom, according to court papers. The student refused, saying, he was "not a dog to be thrown out like one,'' according to court records.

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Calabria alleges the student then pushed him against a wall and formed a fist as if he were about to punch the principal. Another administrator intervened, restraining the student, according to court papers.

The student, meanwhile, alleges that Calabria came into the classroom, pulled him from his chair and pushed him outside the classroom. Then, the student says, Calabria put him in a choke hold and slammed him to the floor, according to court papers. is not revealing the student's name because he is a minor. Calabria filed assault charges against the student on May 24, and the teenager and his mother filed charges against the principal on May 25.

The case originally had been on Monday's municipal court docket.

School officials said the student was suspended as a result of the incident. No action was taken against Calabria.

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