Teacher accused of slapping pupil at Mountbatten School in Romsey

Teacher accused of slapping pupil

Teacher accused of slapping pupil

First published in Education Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

AN investigation has been launched into an alleged assault by a teacher on a pupil at a Hampshire school.

The family of an 11-year-old boy made the complaint after an incident where the student alleges he was struck in the face.

Hampshire Police confirmed they investigated the incident at the Mountbatten School in Romsey but are taking no further action after interviewing both the teacher, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and the pupil.

Now the school is assembling a governors’ panel to review the complaint, which could lead to dismissal.

Head teacher Heather McIlroy has reassured parents that pupil safety is “paramount” at the school, which gained academy status in April 2011.

She said: “When we were informed of the complaint we immediately put the systems that the local authority recommends into place. We contacted the local authority designated officer who we are supposed to contact when there has been any possible compromise of a child’s safety or well being.

“We asked the local authority for advice and sent the teacher home while the investigation was ongoing.

I was unable to do anything until the external police investigation came to an end but now it has we are beginning internal procedures.

“A governors’ disciplinary committee will be formed which will look at the allegation and the circumstances and they will make a decision about the member of staff.

“The teacher is not suspended but they have received a formal letter asking them to stay at home pending the outcome of the investigation.”

She added: “In all my years of being a head teacher this is the first time I have experienced such an incident and when something unique happens it is always a surprise. But our parents know the school well enough to know that every child’s welfare is extremely important to us and their health and well-being is paramount.”

It is understood the pupil has not returned to school since the incident last Thursday morning.

His family have been approached by the Daily Echo but have declined to comment while the investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile county council education boss Cllr Peter Edgar supported the school’s actions in conducting an investigation.

He said: “I’m sure all Hampshire schools take any incident like this very seriously.”

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4:18pm Fri 23 May 14

From the sidelines says...

How standards have changed in the years since I was at school. And not necessarily for the better.
How standards have changed in the years since I was at school. And not necessarily for the better. From the sidelines
  • Score: 22

4:25pm Fri 23 May 14

Jerry Gamble says...

Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded.
Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.
Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded. Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so. Jerry Gamble
  • Score: 23

5:21pm Fri 23 May 14

ydkjs2 says...

How times have changed. I was slapped across the face so hard it knocked me to the other side of the hallway, twice. I was hit across the back of the head, had chalk and erasers thrown at me. The difference between now and then is that we wouldn't tell our parents what happened because chances are we would have got in more trouble at home for getting in trouble at school. I admit I was a 'handful' at school but these forms of punishment did not help. All these many years later I am still somewhat angry at what happened back then.
How times have changed. I was slapped across the face so hard it knocked me to the other side of the hallway, twice. I was hit across the back of the head, had chalk and erasers thrown at me. The difference between now and then is that we wouldn't tell our parents what happened because chances are we would have got in more trouble at home for getting in trouble at school. I admit I was a 'handful' at school but these forms of punishment did not help. All these many years later I am still somewhat angry at what happened back then. ydkjs2
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Fri 23 May 14

Redhaired22 says...

Jerry Gamble wrote:
Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded.
Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.
So if your child was slapped in the face by an adult (who is trained and should know better) you'd be ok with that?????? having said that we don't know the circumstances but it's a no-no....

Whatever our problems are beating our kids into submission is NOT the way.......
[quote][p][bold]Jerry Gamble[/bold] wrote: Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded. Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]So if your child was slapped in the face by an adult (who is trained and should know better) you'd be ok with that?????? having said that we don't know the circumstances but it's a no-no.... Whatever our problems are beating our kids into submission is NOT the way....... Redhaired22
  • Score: -23

5:33pm Fri 23 May 14

Frank28 says...

Teachers are too well aware that they must not touch a child in any way. Although details of the incident are not being revealed, the teacher can expect to say goodbye to the teaching profession.
Teachers are too well aware that they must not touch a child in any way. Although details of the incident are not being revealed, the teacher can expect to say goodbye to the teaching profession. Frank28
  • Score: -16

6:15pm Fri 23 May 14

forest hump says...

Discipline in Schools is a problem which seems to be getting worse. Kids know the limits and will obviously manage their behaviour to them. My opinion (which, no doubt will be derided) is that we have become too liberal and in trying to manage the issue, have lost control. Trying to reason with mouthy little brats does not work.
Discipline in Schools is a problem which seems to be getting worse. Kids know the limits and will obviously manage their behaviour to them. My opinion (which, no doubt will be derided) is that we have become too liberal and in trying to manage the issue, have lost control. Trying to reason with mouthy little brats does not work. forest hump
  • Score: 13

8:02pm Fri 23 May 14

STudor says...

The police are taking no action. If there was contact and it was deliberate, he would at least have got a caution. The fact that the teacher has not been arrested, charged, or even cautioned is very significant. Let's hope his career is not ruined and he can soon be back at school.
The police are taking no action. If there was contact and it was deliberate, he would at least have got a caution. The fact that the teacher has not been arrested, charged, or even cautioned is very significant. Let's hope his career is not ruined and he can soon be back at school. STudor
  • Score: 26

12:26am Sat 24 May 14

jazzi says...

I know of 3 incidents of teachers assaulting children, all three teachers retired, still getting paid and charges not followed through because the teachers stepped down. Corrupt system, but hey they all still get paid. Children do not deserve to be abused, if a stranger in the street did the same to your child, they would get locked up or at the very least prosecuted, but hey it is a teacher and only working 39 weeks of the year is soooooo stressful, yeh erm right x
I know of 3 incidents of teachers assaulting children, all three teachers retired, still getting paid and charges not followed through because the teachers stepped down. Corrupt system, but hey they all still get paid. Children do not deserve to be abused, if a stranger in the street did the same to your child, they would get locked up or at the very least prosecuted, but hey it is a teacher and only working 39 weeks of the year is soooooo stressful, yeh erm right x jazzi
  • Score: -22

6:08am Sat 24 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

Redhaired22 wrote:
Jerry Gamble wrote:
Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded.
Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.
So if your child was slapped in the face by an adult (who is trained and should know better) you'd be ok with that?????? having said that we don't know the circumstances but it's a no-no....

Whatever our problems are beating our kids into submission is NOT the way.......
Yes it is!
[quote][p][bold]Redhaired22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jerry Gamble[/bold] wrote: Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded. Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]So if your child was slapped in the face by an adult (who is trained and should know better) you'd be ok with that?????? having said that we don't know the circumstances but it's a no-no.... Whatever our problems are beating our kids into submission is NOT the way.......[/p][/quote]Yes it is! 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 3

7:18am Sat 24 May 14

VOR666 says...

jazzi wrote:
I know of 3 incidents of teachers assaulting children, all three teachers retired, still getting paid and charges not followed through because the teachers stepped down. Corrupt system, but hey they all still get paid. Children do not deserve to be abused, if a stranger in the street did the same to your child, they would get locked up or at the very least prosecuted, but hey it is a teacher and only working 39 weeks of the year is soooooo stressful, yeh erm right x
How surprising......a report of an alleged incident in a school brings on a general dig at teachers' working conditions. So predictable. Keep to the facts of the story.
[quote][p][bold]jazzi[/bold] wrote: I know of 3 incidents of teachers assaulting children, all three teachers retired, still getting paid and charges not followed through because the teachers stepped down. Corrupt system, but hey they all still get paid. Children do not deserve to be abused, if a stranger in the street did the same to your child, they would get locked up or at the very least prosecuted, but hey it is a teacher and only working 39 weeks of the year is soooooo stressful, yeh erm right x[/p][/quote]How surprising......a report of an alleged incident in a school brings on a general dig at teachers' working conditions. So predictable. Keep to the facts of the story. VOR666
  • Score: 3

8:12am Sat 24 May 14

Superchick says...

Shocking comments. Y would anyone wanna slap a child. Reasoning does work with children if you yourself hav the patience.
Shocking comments. Y would anyone wanna slap a child. Reasoning does work with children if you yourself hav the patience. Superchick
  • Score: -6

1:54pm Sat 24 May 14

imspacedout says...

Superchick wrote:
Shocking comments. Y would anyone wanna slap a child. Reasoning does work with children if you yourself hav the patience.
I agree. Forgetting this particular event, the comments are horrible and seem to support not just slapping children but worse violence towards them! Well, it's no wonder that how some children behave might seem to be not so respectful if this is the kind of influence they have! It's as if people don't understand that screaming, shouting and hitting don't go nearly as far as listening.
[quote][p][bold]Superchick[/bold] wrote: Shocking comments. Y would anyone wanna slap a child. Reasoning does work with children if you yourself hav the patience.[/p][/quote]I agree. Forgetting this particular event, the comments are horrible and seem to support not just slapping children but worse violence towards them! Well, it's no wonder that how some children behave might seem to be not so respectful if this is the kind of influence they have! It's as if people don't understand that screaming, shouting and hitting don't go nearly as far as listening. imspacedout
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Sat 24 May 14

Waryone says...

Bring back the cane and all that..... No. I was beaten black and blue as a child and now have a twelve year old of my own! I have never ever slapped her. My daughter is amazing at school and very well manored, polite and kind! When she is a naughty girl I simply take away her personal possessions for a while or not allow friends in etc. So for me parents are the failures of today that need to work on discipline. I dislike how children are growing up everywhere but they are usually with parents who are in the pub, tattooed on their neck, foul mouthed spitting excuses. Teachers should not hit but if parents don't do their job properly it's them who need to be punished. This is my opinion only
Bring back the cane and all that..... No. I was beaten black and blue as a child and now have a twelve year old of my own! I have never ever slapped her. My daughter is amazing at school and very well manored, polite and kind! When she is a naughty girl I simply take away her personal possessions for a while or not allow friends in etc. So for me parents are the failures of today that need to work on discipline. I dislike how children are growing up everywhere but they are usually with parents who are in the pub, tattooed on their neck, foul mouthed spitting excuses. Teachers should not hit but if parents don't do their job properly it's them who need to be punished. This is my opinion only Waryone
  • Score: 4

4:23pm Sat 24 May 14

southamptonadi says...

Redhaired22 wrote:
Jerry Gamble wrote:
Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded.
Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.
So if your child was slapped in the face by an adult (who is trained and should know better) you'd be ok with that?????? having said that we don't know the circumstances but it's a no-no....

Whatever our problems are beating our kids into submission is NOT the way.......
Don't you mean if your child is allegedly slapped?
[quote][p][bold]Redhaired22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jerry Gamble[/bold] wrote: Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded. Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]So if your child was slapped in the face by an adult (who is trained and should know better) you'd be ok with that?????? having said that we don't know the circumstances but it's a no-no.... Whatever our problems are beating our kids into submission is NOT the way.......[/p][/quote]Don't you mean if your child is allegedly slapped? southamptonadi
  • Score: 2

6:43pm Sat 24 May 14

frenchvic says...

I had the misfortune of driving some of these little ANGELS to and from Mountbatten school several years ago, and can honestly say I would have slapped nearly everyone of them, The moment the doors closed on the bus most of them turned into animals, nobody would believe what they were like. Can fully understand the teachers actions, good for him/her.
I had the misfortune of driving some of these little ANGELS to and from Mountbatten school several years ago, and can honestly say I would have slapped nearly everyone of them, The moment the doors closed on the bus most of them turned into animals, nobody would believe what they were like. Can fully understand the teachers actions, good for him/her. frenchvic
  • Score: 5

7:44am Sun 25 May 14

oldage says...

11 year old more than likely made up the story about getting slapped ,More like a difficult child causing disruption in the class room ,Does not like authority got told off by teacher went home complained to mummy and added the slap for sympathy
Bring back the slipper..
11 year old more than likely made up the story about getting slapped ,More like a difficult child causing disruption in the class room ,Does not like authority got told off by teacher went home complained to mummy and added the slap for sympathy Bring back the slipper.. oldage
  • Score: 4

9:03am Sun 25 May 14

Dai Rear says...

"we immediately put the systems that the local authority recommends into place. We contacted the local authority designated officer who we are supposed to contact when there has been any possible compromise of a child’s safety or well being"
"But our parents know the school well enough to know that every child’s welfare is extremely important to us and their health and well-being is paramount.”
Congratulations to Joe Curtis on staying awake and recording all this "headmistressbabble"

PS when you see a fat lady with tattoos in a supermarket roaring at her child who is tantruming for sweets it is NOT "chavtastic". They are a "troubled family" and don't you forget it.
"we immediately put the systems that the local authority recommends into place. We contacted the local authority designated officer who we are supposed to contact when there has been any possible compromise of a child’s safety or well being" "But our parents know the school well enough to know that every child’s welfare is extremely important to us and their health and well-being is paramount.” Congratulations to Joe Curtis on staying awake and recording all this "headmistressbabble" PS when you see a fat lady with tattoos in a supermarket roaring at her child who is tantruming for sweets it is NOT "chavtastic". They are a "troubled family" and don't you forget it. Dai Rear
  • Score: -3

9:21am Sun 25 May 14

Redforlife says...

Redhaired22 wrote:
Jerry Gamble wrote:
Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded.
Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.
So if your child was slapped in the face by an adult (who is trained and should know better) you'd be ok with that?????? having said that we don't know the circumstances but it's a no-no....

Whatever our problems are beating our kids into submission is NOT the way.......
until the outcome is settled suggest some people calm down ,the child could be lying and may be seeking a way of getting their own back ,seen this happen before
[quote][p][bold]Redhaired22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jerry Gamble[/bold] wrote: Good for him. He shouldn't be prosecuted but rewarded. Ever since the abolition of Corporal Punishment in schools, discipline has nose-dived & general education standards have dropped accordingly & youth crime has risen. Co-incidence? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]So if your child was slapped in the face by an adult (who is trained and should know better) you'd be ok with that?????? having said that we don't know the circumstances but it's a no-no.... Whatever our problems are beating our kids into submission is NOT the way.......[/p][/quote]until the outcome is settled suggest some people calm down ,the child could be lying and may be seeking a way of getting their own back ,seen this happen before Redforlife
  • Score: 0

9:46am Sun 25 May 14

jimbo 79 says...

I can honestly say that my life was made hell at that school, yes I was effeminate(gay) and the teachers especially Mr Taylor made it he'll for me! I do understand that some kids are difficult but there are other ways of dealing with it instead of hitting them, I completely believe this story as I know what horrible people some of those teachers are!
I can honestly say that my life was made hell at that school, yes I was effeminate(gay) and the teachers especially Mr Taylor made it he'll for me! I do understand that some kids are difficult but there are other ways of dealing with it instead of hitting them, I completely believe this story as I know what horrible people some of those teachers are! jimbo 79
  • Score: 0

10:54am Sun 25 May 14

Dai Rear says...

jimbo 79 wrote:
I can honestly say that my life was made hell at that school, yes I was effeminate(gay) and the teachers especially Mr Taylor made it he'll for me! I do understand that some kids are difficult but there are other ways of dealing with it instead of hitting them, I completely believe this story as I know what horrible people some of those teachers are!
If school was so miserable why were you gay? If that had happened to me it'd have made me sad, definitely not happy.
Mind , I'm guessing you mean homosexual, and it would have been difficult when I went to school, because homosexuality wouldn't then have been a "no crime" as this one was.
PS, not "difficult" but "troubled"
[quote][p][bold]jimbo 79[/bold] wrote: I can honestly say that my life was made hell at that school, yes I was effeminate(gay) and the teachers especially Mr Taylor made it he'll for me! I do understand that some kids are difficult but there are other ways of dealing with it instead of hitting them, I completely believe this story as I know what horrible people some of those teachers are![/p][/quote]If school was so miserable why were you gay? If that had happened to me it'd have made me sad, definitely not happy. Mind , I'm guessing you mean homosexual, and it would have been difficult when I went to school, because homosexuality wouldn't then have been a "no crime" as this one was. PS, not "difficult" but "troubled" Dai Rear
  • Score: -3

4:49pm Sun 25 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

Can't name this teacher but happy to name Richard Hilary and give his address to the whole of Hampshire DAILY ECHO IS A BLOODY JOKE!!!
Can't name this teacher but happy to name Richard Hilary and give his address to the whole of Hampshire DAILY ECHO IS A BLOODY JOKE!!! Kirsty666
  • Score: 0

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