An 8-year-old boy in a New York city karate school died after his teacher hit him in the head with a hammer, police said Friday.
The boy’s mother, Shira Reem, told The Post that her son, who died Saturday, suffered injuries that included a head injury and a broken jaw.
Reem said her son’s teacher, Robert Graziani, was taken to the hospital.
Grazini was charged with second-degree murder, police officials said.
Reems’ daughter, Sirene, said her father had a history of physical and mental health issues.
“The kid had a problem with his mental health, and this is the type of thing that we need to fix,” Reem told The Times of Israel.
“We don’t need a parent who’s mentally unstable in this community.”
Police were investigating the incident and did not immediately release any other details.
Reema told The Daily Beast that she was “heartbroken” and “unbelievably sad” about the death.
She said she believed Graziano had been trying to help his son when the attack happened.
Police are investigating whether the incident was racially motivated.
The family of a New Jersey teen who died after being hit by a police vehicle in the Bronx says they are not looking into the incident.
The teen, 14-year old Zachary White, was a student at the University of New Jersey, police spokesman Capt. Michael Schlosser told the New York Daily News on Thursday.
White was killed in the early morning hours of March 8.
Police said White was riding his bicycle in the city’s Harlem neighborhood when he was hit by an unmarked police car.
White had been riding a skateboard in the neighborhood when the car stopped.
The car then rammed into the boy’s bicycle, knocking White off his skateboard, according to the police report.
White died from injuries he suffered in the crash.
The Bronx District Attorney’s office said in a statement on Friday that they were investigating White’s death and were “aware of reports that a white youth was the victim of a fatal accident.”
White’s father, who asked not to be identified by name, told the Daily News that his son was a “kind, kind kid.”
He said his son had a “good heart” and was “just a normal, happy kid.”
The Bronx DA’s office told The Associated Press that they are also investigating the NYPD’s handling of the accident.
NYPD Officer Richard Meeks told The AP that police were on the scene within minutes of the incident, which took place on the citywide bike lane.
He said that as officers were on scene, White’s mother called 911.
“I was on my bike and the cops are on the bike, and she was telling them to stop, ‘stop the cops,’ because she was screaming, ‘Please stop the cops, please stop the cop, stop the police,'” Meeks said.
The NYPD did not confirm the reports of a white male in custody.
In the aftermath of White’s tragic death, many of the community members who rallied at the scene were visibly shaken.
“No matter how you feel about cops or how you think about how to fix the police, we cannot let anyone die like this,” the mother of another young man who died of the same accident said in an interview with WCBS 880.
“It’s like he died for us.
We’re so angry, we’re so hurt, we can’t believe that our boy has died.”
Many New York City residents, like Reem and White’s parents, said that their son was an “amazing, loving person” who had a hard life ahead of him.
They said the loss of White has brought a renewed sense of urgency to the community.
“He was a beautiful boy, a great kid.
I think everybody should be looking at themselves in the mirror, and we need a new way of thinking,” Reems told The New York Times.
“You have to change the way you look at yourself.
You can’t be angry at someone who’s doing something wrong.
You have to look at it and figure out what the right thing to do is.
And it’s time that we changed how we look at each other, and what we think.””
And we’re going to bring the whole community together, because there is no reason that people who have problems should have to live in fear.
And it’s time that we changed how we look at each other, and what we think.”