The Teeside Gazette is reporting that a teacher accused of assaulting a pupil in a school corridor has been cleared of the charge…
The 49-year-old male teacher was accused of “throwing” a female pupil to the floor as he tried to restrain her after she was allegedly verbally abusive towards him.
But Teesside magistrates found him not guilty today after hearing from a number of witnesses and viewing CCTV footage of the incident, which happened at a Teesside special school in March last year.
Craig Hunn, defending the accused, also told the court that the reason the girl herself was not giving evidence at the trial was because she expressed to a police officer: “I don’t think I’ve been assaulted” and said she “didn’t think she had been thrown to the floor.”
…Today the court heard from another teaching assistant and a higher level teaching assistant, who both said they had no concerns about the way the accused teacher interacted with students.
One, who was the teacher’s own teaching assistant for four years, said staff were briefed prior to the pupil’s arrival at the school that she displayed “very challenging behaviour” and “was aggressive and abusive” particularly when being “told no”.
She said she had never seen the teacher behave in anything other than a professional manner.
The higher level teaching assistant was also asked to describe a number of incident report sheets to the court, which showed various incidents, all from different days, logging the behaviour of the pupil.
They showed incidents including throwing items, using a teacher’s fob to abscond from the school, refusal to follow requests, kicking and verbal abuse had been recorded.
The teacher was found not guilty of one charge of common assault after magistrates found the force used was reasonable in the circumstances…
Obviously just going from the Gazette’s report, but it begs the question why this ever went to court in the first place. Hard to understand what keeps those of you who teach going with this stuff going on.
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