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Gym teacher claims boy, 6, beat him up

Published On: Oct 02 2012 09:52:57 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 03 2012 09:05:13 AM CDT
Rodrigo Carpio

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A gym teacher and former college football player in New York City claims a 6-year-old boy beat him up and forced him into therapy.

John Webster, 27, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds.

He's no slight figure, but Webster told The New York Post that he recently fractured his ankle and injured his knee at the hands of first-grader Rodrigo Carpio and is now forced to wear a brace on his right leg.

"It's sort of like an angel-devil sort of thing," Webster said of the 4-foot-2 Rodrigo. He "looks like an angel, but then, all of a sudden, that halo turns into horns. It's been a nightmare. It's embarrassing. It's humiliating."

The confrontation started when Webster tried to take hold of Rodrigo's wrists while escorting him and other students to the school cafeteria, the Post reported.

Rodrigo began biting Webster. When taken to the principal's office, the boy kicked Webster in the ankle and "right on my knee. I felt a pop."

Webster's attorney, Andrew Siben, described the boy as a "tiny terror."

But Rodrigo's parents don't see it that way.

"The lawsuit is totally absurd," his father, Jorge Carpio, told the Post. "How could my little boy do so much damage?"