Textbook homicide

We usually hear about violent attacks on teachers from unruly and unstable students. We rarely here of this phenomenon in reverse.

However, today we did. A teacher in a secondary school in Mansfield , UK has been charged with attempted murder of a student. When does illegal corporal punishment become attempted murder? When the victim ends up in a pool of blood at the science classroom door.

Sky reports : 

Peter Harvey, 49, is accused of attacking Jack Waterhouse, 14, at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School in Mansfield on Wednesday morning.

Harvey will appear before the town’s magistrates tomorrow morning, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Jack was found by paramedics unconscious in a pool of blood at the entrance to a classroom in the school’s science block at 11am on Wednesday.

He is currently in a stable condition at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he is being treated for serious head injuries.

A police spokesman said: “A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a pupil at a Mansfield school.

“Peter Harvey, aged 49, of Rannoch Drive, Mansfield, is accused of the attempted murder of Jack Waterhouse, aged 14, at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

He will appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.”

Point of interest,

In April 2009 , the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, released details of a survey of over 1,000 of its members which found that nearly one quarter of them had been on the receiving end of physical violence by a student.

In Wales, a 2009 survey found that two-fifths of teachers reported having been assaulted in the classroom. 49% had been threatened with assault.


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3 Responses to “Textbook homicide”

  1. paperclip Says:

    There are many sides to this story – the boy and his home life and responsibilities must be a factor, as would be his standing in his peer group. Lots of people hope he will get really really better soon.
    He knows he shouldn’t have said what he did – but that’s what teenage boys do, and if they realised the possible consequences they might think first. I know where I look for answers – what kind of leadership is there in that school? Anybody heard of interpersonal skills, role-play, conflict resolution? It’s not rocket science, and the students would benefit enormously.
    The teacher responsible for the injuries to the boy should not have been back at school, especially with stress problems and being on medication.
    He may have been given a release by a doctor, but going back into the same environment is very risky. He will have this act on his conscience, for the rest of his life. Nonetheless he has highlighted what could happen when bad behaviour pushes a teacher too far.
    I hope the Catholic schools authority will review the conditions existing in
    other Catholic comprehensives, particularly what level of bullying takes place, and what should be done about it, before it is too late.

  2. toni Says:

    you said it in one “the teacher should not have been back at school”

  3. tomsharpling Says:

    Dear paperclip – I totally agree with your comments. However, i would not be too sure that anyone from the Catholic Schools Commission will show any interest. When I lived in Birmingham, I fought a battle with a Catholic School to allow children to go to Mass on a Holy Day – It’s unbelieveable , and I am Catholic myself, that the awful Diocesan Schools Commission were so inept, but it is true!! I would not expect any better in Nottingham.

    nevertheless, you have summed it up – This teacher should never have been allowed back – The head teacher should have applied to have the teacher pensioned off (this is possible for health reasons), before it was too late.

    Regrettably, it now is too late, and I hope the school management will be reproaching itself. Questions must be asked.

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