Teacher kicked, swore at students

Last updated 10:44 29/07/2014

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A teacher who physically abused his students and told them they were ugly and dumb has been censured and had his teacher's registration cancelled by the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.

In a decision released over the weekend the defendant admitted the charges of serious misconduct and agreed to the consequences which also included paying a 50 per cent contribution towards the investigation and prosecution costs.

The man, whose name and the name of the school he taught at is suppressed, was a provisionally registered assistant teacher who taught a year nine science class.

Between 2011 and 2012 he admitted physically assaulting several students by kicking, punching, holding them down on the ground and grabbing them by the scruff of the neck or throwing books and rulers at them.

He repeatedly swore at students and in front of staff, using derogatory terms and telling pupils they were "pieces of s***", "f****** idiots, ugly, fat, dumb and cowards.

On multiple occasions he encouraged students to wrestle and ridiculed students by isolating some and forcing them to sit at separate desks which he called the "ugly table".

During the same period he also engaged in inappropriate conduct by showing students his favourite tobacco, telling them how to grow marijuana and showing them how to assemble a pipe.

Despite a senior staff member warning the teacher that his management methods weren't appropriate the behaviour continued and he threatened students by reading out pupils' personal details in front of the class, inferring that he knew where they lived.

The Complaints Assessments Committee alleged that the behaviour amounted to serious misconduct and charged him in April this year.

The man admitted the charges and said he would take responsibility for his actions.  

He agreed to the penalties and was censured, stripped off his teachers registration and ordered to pay costs.

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