2nd parent claims P.S. 235 teacher Cynthia Rainbow abused and threatened her son

Cynthia Eltenberg says her son was abused and threatened by his fifth-grade teacher last year. (3/19/14)

EAST FLATBUSH - Days after a Brooklyn mother accused a teacher of bullying her daughter, another parent has come forward to say her son was abused and threatened by the same teacher last year.

Cynthia Eltenberg says her son was abused and threatened by fifth-grade teacher Cynthia Rainbow when he was a student at P.S. 235 last year. She says she came forward after she saw Genae Simpson's story on the news and realized she was talking about the same teacher.

Simpson says Rainbow has been abusing her daughter since October and claims the school's principal called her daughter a liar when she met with school officials. She says the Department of Education also reported her to the city's child welfare agency after she went public with her story.

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Simpson claims Rainbow flipped over her daughter's desk and pushed her. Eltenberg had similar stories, saying Rainbow would flip over desks and throw students' backpacks in the garbage.

Both mothers say they want Rainbow and the school's principal, Laurence Lord, removed from the school. The DOE has yet to respond to News 12 Brooklyn's request for comment.

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