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Wednesday 18 October 2017

School probe as teacher ‘slams’ boy in classroom

INVESTIGATION: The teacher is seen in the video grappling with the teen before ‘body-slamming’ him to the classroom floor
INVESTIGATION: The teacher is seen in the video grappling with the teen before ‘body-slamming’ him to the classroom floor
INVESTIGATION: The teacher is seen in the video grappling with the teen before ‘body-slamming’ him to the classroom floor
INVESTIGATION: The teacher is seen in the video grappling with the teen before ‘body-slamming’ him to the classroom floor

An investigation is under way after a teacher ‘body-slammed’ a young student to the ground in a Dublin classroom.

A clip of the incident posted online shows the teacher grabbing the third-year boy by the collar and then hurling him onto a desk where he holds him down.

The 15-year-old is then flipped onto the ground while the teacher holds his collar.

The footage was filmed by a classmate on Monday in a secondary school in north Dublin.

The school has said that it is carrying out an internal investigation into the matter.

In the clip, students can be heard laughing at the incident and none appear to be sitting at their desks.

The student who filmed the video went on late-night radio to recount what happened

“We were messing in the class and two lads were mess-fighting on the ground,” he said.

“We asked the teacher to jump in for round two.

“Then when I saw him slamming the child on the ground I thought it had gone too far,” he said.

“The student just got up and he left it, didn’t hit him back or anything. Other teachers opened the door and asked what happened.

“The teacher threw him on the ground, he knew what he was doing and he meant it,” the teen told the DJ.

He added he did not tell the principal about the incident because he would have missed his bus and had to get home in time for his dinner.

The Department of Education told the Herald that this is a matter that’s first and foremost for the school itself. A school must have a code of behaviour.

“If a student, a teacher or anybody else wishes to make a complaint about inappropriate behaviour, they should address it in the first instance with the School principal, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.

“If they are unsatisfied with the principal’s response, they should refer their complaint to the board of management, which is responsible for the overall management of the school. If they are still unhappy, they should inform the patron, who is effectively the ‘owner’ of the school,” it said.

The school said it was made aware of an incident and is carrying out an internal investigation into the matter.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further on an ongoing investigation,” the spokesperson told the Irish Sun.

fdillon@herald.ie

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