The Mail is reporting that a teacher is battling to save her career after she was convicted of assault over accusations she hit a 17-year-old with a book.
Regina Hungerford, 54, admitted she ‘lost it’ after the pupil at Merthyr Tydfil College, South Wales, disrupted her maths lesson by playing a music video on his phone.
She was found guilty of common assault by magistrates but has now vowed to fight to get the conviction quashed.
A court heard she admitted having lost her temper with the boy and said she threw his phone out of a classroom window. She denied hitting him with book…
Magistrates heard that Hungerford asked the 17-year-old to turn off the music but he replied: ‘You can’t make me.’
A court heard how the teacher then threw the boy’s phone out of a window before allegedly hitting him with a book.
But the victim told the court he was unsure if she struck him during the maths lesson at the college.
He said: ‘I remember Miss Hungerford swinging the book at me but I can’t be certain that she hit me.
‘What I can remember is her hitting the table while shouting. Although I was a bit dazed I was not injured.’
…The teacher was found guilty of common assault during the trial at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order and ordered her to complete 60 hours unpaid work.
She will also have to pay £620 prosecution costs, a £520 criminal courts charge and a £60 statutory surcharge. She also faces being struck off the teaching register because of the criminal conviction…
She said: ‘This has ruined my life and I want to do my best to overturn this miscarriage of justice.’
We don’t know the details here and clearly it is wrong to ‘lose it’ with a student but it doesn’t sound like the boy suffered any lasting damage – he can’t even remember if he was actually hit – so does it sound like a career-ending incident?
Should there be an alternative course of action in cases like this where, perhaps, a teacher has to attend a course – the equivalent of a speed awareness course for drivers – but doesn’t automatically lose their job?
Tell us what you think…
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