Teacher fights to save career after being convicted of ‘hitting boy, 17, with a book’ because he refused to stop listening to music on his phone in class

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.’

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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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Comments

  1. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove The fault lies in a society that allows a 17 year old disrupting a lesson to say ‘you can’t make me’ and know he’s right.

  2. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove The fault lies in a society that allows a 17 year old disrupting a lesson to say ‘you can’t make me’ and know he’s right.

  3. Davis77Alex

    SchoolsImprove absolutely ridiculous. If the government are wondering why they can’t recruit enough teachers, the answer is right here.

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