Headteacher 'slapped' smoking pupil
A headteacher slapped a pupil round the face when he refused to stop smoking on school premises, a court heard today.
Southampton Magistrates' Court was told that Eve Ritchie-Fallon confronted the 15-year-old student as he stood smoking with friends in the grounds of the Forest Education Centre, Dibden Purlieu, Hampshire.
The court heard that an angry exchange followed during which the 57-year-old allegedly ripped a pair of earmuffs from his head and slapped him around the face.
The teenager, who had previously suffered a broken jaw, said that the alleged assault caused his face to throb and he attended hospital three days later to have it checked.
He said: "I couldn't eat properly without it getting worse."
He told the court that after Ritchie-Fallon had slapped him, she spoke to him "aggressively" but without swearing.
He admitted swearing at her and said that he was in shock following the incident.
The pupil added that he frequently argued with Ritchie-Fallon and said that she was a strict headteacher.
He also admitted afterwards calling her a "divvy b****".
Mark Elliott, defending, asked the boy whether he had made up the story because he feared being permanently excluded from the educational centre, which the pupil denied.
The boy's mother told the court that her son suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and was capable of becoming verbally aggressive although less likely to become violent as he grew older.
Describing her son when she came to pick him up on the day of the alleged attack, she said: "He looked a bit agitated and a bit taken aback by everything."
Ritchie-Fallon, of Long Close, Pennington, Hants, denies a charge of assault by beating on November 21, 2008.
She claims the assault did not happen and that the student had ignored her when she asked him to put out the cigarette.
She claims he pretended to not hear her because of the earmuffs he was wearing which she says she removed in a non-aggressive manner.
The Forest Education Centre teaches children aged between 11 and 16 who have been referred because of behavioural difficulties or because they have been permanently excluded from school.
The pupils are taught in groups of no more than six and on a reduced timetable.
Isis 'throw man off a building for homosexual affair' and beat him to death when he survives
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights