School band leader accused of duct-taping 9-year-old student’s mouth
BROOKLYN — The band director of a popular after-school music program in Brooklyn is charged with assault.
A 9-year-old boy says his bandleader, 39-year-old Kenyatte Hughes, duct taped his mouth during band practice.
When the student removed the tape, his face was swollen and his lips were cracked.
Hughes was a volunteer and revived the Soul Tigers marching band more than a decade ago. His goal was to steer kids away from violence by teaching them music.
In a Criminal Court hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors asked for bail to be set at $20,000.
Instead, Hughes was allowed to leave without posting bail.