Teacher Fired after Violent Clash with Boy Wins [Pounds Sterling]32,000

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Teacher Fired after Violent Clash with Boy Wins [Pounds Sterling]32,000


Byline: DAVE FINLAY

A TEACHER sacked after rescuing a colleague from a violent pupil was awarded more than [pounds sterling]32,000 by appeal judges yesterday.

Andrew Porter lost his job after pulling a 15-year- old boy off a teacher who had been pinned to the floor.

The pupil said he suffered a fractured elbow when his arm was bent up his back, a claim Mr Porter denied.

A tribunal two years ago accused Jane Arrowsmith, the principal of Oakbank School, Aberdeen, of using selective evidence to fire the teacher and awarded Mr Porter [pounds sterling]32,500.

However, the decision was later overturned on appeal.

But yesterday, the Court of Session in Edinburgh decided the initial ruling should be reinstated after Mr Porter launched a legal challenge.

The court ruled the school principal had not set out a proper basis for concluding that 'unnecessary force' was used by the member of staff.

Mr Porter, 33, of Cushnie, Aberdeenshire, was a teacher at the school for children with special educational needs when the incident happened in March 2000.

The judges heard the school was used to dealing with unruly pupils and staff were given training in a control technique. …

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