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The Bobster
02-21-2016, 07:07 AM

‘No pajamas, no party’: Heartless principal bans kids from fun
By Susan Edelman
February 21, 2016 | 5:14am

PS 202 in Brooklyn Photo: Google Maps

The principal of a Brooklyn elementary school excluded students from a Valentine’s Day party because they didn’t wear pajamas, teachers and parents told The Post.

Machael Spencer Edwards, principal of PS 202, personally checked children to decide if their attire merited admission to the Feb. 12 “Valentine’s Pajama Jam,” a three-hour bash in the gym featuring a deejay, dancing, juice and cupcakes.

“No pajamas, no party,” staffers quoted Edwards as insisting.

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Machael Spencer Edwards
Photo: Facebook

The East New York school sent a flyer home two days before the Friday party for third- to fifth-graders. “Dress up in your favorite PJs!” it read, but did not say pajamas were mandatory. It also cited a $2 “donation.”

On Friday morning, Edwards announced on the loudspeaker that students attending the party after lunch must have their pajamas on, staffers said. In the cafeteria, Edwards looked kids up and down, saying which pajamas passed muster — and which did not. Several third-graders were seen crying.

One of many excluded fifth-graders took $2 from his allowance but didn’t know PJs were required. He called his parents, who had a day off, and his dad brought him basketball shorts, which the boy sleeps in.

“I changed in the bathroom, and I got in line,” the 10-year-old told The Post. “But the principal told me I can’t come. He said, ‘That’s not pajamas, go back to the lunch room.’”

His mother is upset. “He wasn’t doing anything wrong. He was a good student. Why exclude them based on something they have on?”

Another mom said her son brought $2 but didn’t feel comfortable wearing pajamas to school. He and several classmates were barred from the party, which she called unfair.

“Maybe their pajamas have holes or are too small,” she said. “You don’t know if they’re poor or sleep in underwear and a T-shirt.”

At PS 202, 91 percent of the 547 students come from low-income homes.

“It’s not exactly Dix Hills, [LI,] where everybody has $2,” a teacher said. “Let’s be real, Kids don’t even come to school with pencils.”

Teachers gave cash to cover kids who did not bring $2.

Reached by phone, Edwards would not discuss the party, saying, “I have to get clearance.”

A Department of Education spokesman said, “All students were included regardless of whether they wore pajamas.”

School staffers called the statement a “bald-faced lie,” saying they believe Edwards misled DOE officials.

​Last June, the DOE removed a Queens principal after The Post reported she barred kids from a school carnival if they didn’t pay $10.

The DOE told principals that children may not be excluded from fund-raising events during school hours: “All student activities during the school day must be open to all students.”

The Bobster
04-19-2017, 11:02 AM

Party-banning principal charged with beating a student
By Daniel Prendergast, Emily Saul, Selim Algar and Natalie Musumeci
April 19, 2017 | 10:29am | Updated

A Brooklyn elementary school principal who once excluded students from a Valentine’s Day party because they didn’t wear pajamas has been arrested for allegedly beating a 7-year-old pupil, police sources said Wednesday.

Machael Spencer-Edwards, 42, principal of PS 202 in East New York, was nabbed Tuesday around 12 p.m. on charges of assault in connection to the March 13 incident, cops said.

Spencer-Edwards is accused of kicking and hitting a 7-year-old boy as he lay on the floor of the hallway inside the school on Hegeman Avenue after the child purportedly hit a teacher inside a classroom, authorities said.

The tenderizing occurred after the principal took the student out of class, cops said.

The child was left with bruises, including some to the abdomen, according to police.

Spencer-Edwards was arrested at the Special Victim’s Unit of the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn.

At his arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday, a judge released Spencer-Edwards on his own recognizance.

He was slapped with additional charges of endangering the welfare of a child, attempted assault, menacing and harassment, according to a criminal complaint.

Department of Education spokesman Michael Aciman said in a statement, “This alleged behavior is deeply disturbing, and has no place in our schools.”

“This principal has been removed from the school and reassigned away from students. We are providing additional guidance and ongoing support to the school community,” the statement read.

Last year, Spencer-Edwards personally checked children to decide if their attire granted them admission to the Feb. 12“Valentine’s Pajama Jam” party at the school.