Depew Teacher Charged After Causing Head Injury to 6-Year-Old Student

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DEPEW VILLAGE, NY – A Cayuga Heights Elementary School teacher has been charged by police after causing a head injury to a 6-year-old student he grabbed and pulled out of class.

According to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, 56-year-old James Czerwinski of Williamsville has been arraigned before Depew Village Court Justice Kathleen McDonald on one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class “A” misdemeanor) and one count of Harassment in the Second Degree (violation). The defendant was arraigned on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

“It is alleged that on February 17, 2022, at approximately 2:57 p.m., the defendant, while working as a teacher at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, grabbed a 6-year-old male student by the shoulder and pulled the student into the hallway. The defendant’s alleged actions caused the student to fall to the floor and hit his head,” Flynn said. “Czerwinski is scheduled to return on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. for further proceedings. He was released on his own recognizance as the charges are non-qualifying offenses for bail.”

If convicted of all charges, Czerwinski faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail.