The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has found a teacher guilty of serious misconduct following numerous allegations of inappropriate touching and physical abuse of students by grabbing and pushing.

The allegations included touching a child causing them to fall backwards, grabbing a student causing him to hit his head on a wall, hitting students on the head, tackling a child while playing rugby, grabbing students by the arm and shoulder and leading them out of the classroom and pushing and grabbing a student by the arm.

The Tribunal found that the conduct adversely affected the welfare of the children and adversely reflects on the teacher’s fitness to be a teacher and is likely to bring the profession into disrepute.

The Tribunal in its decision said that there was no mitigation and no remorse expressed by the teacher and nor was there any indication that he would act differently in the future.  The extent of offending and the lack of insight made cancellation of his registration appropriate.  In addition to the cancellation the teacher was also censured and ordered to pay 40% of the costs of the Tribunal investigation.


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