Teacher has leg shattered and kneecap broken in classroom attack by 10-year-old boy

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Teacher has leg shattered and kneecap broken in classroom attack by 10-year-old boy

Post by Guest on Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:36 am

A teacher's leg was shattered and her kneecap broken in a classroom attack by a 10-year-old pupil. Diane Whitehead, 53, had to have surgery to pin her leg back together after she was karate kicked by the out-of-control boy. She could be off work for more than a year recovering from her injuries.


Diane Whitehead, 53, had to have surgery to pin her leg back together after she was kicked at Burwood School in Orpington

Shockingly, it is the second time Mrs Whitehead has been attacked - two years ago she suffered two broken ribs in an assault by another pupil. Last night union bosses called for more protection for teachers after a rise in the number of assaults in the classroom in recent years.

Mrs Whitehead’s parents Gordon and Wendy Mann, of Walton, Wakefield said the school was a local-authority-run centre for children with special needs. But they said that should not mean that teachers doing their job should be put at risk from assault from disruptive and violent pupils.

Mr Mann, 77, said: ‘The boy was being very disruptive during class and had been told to calm down several times. He was creating a problem. It escalated and my daughter and another teacher tried to restrain him, as they are trained to do so. He then head-butted the other teacher and knocked her out. He then whipped round with a karate type kick on my daughter’s leg, breaking it badly. She screamed out in pain and immediately fell to the floor. She couldn’t move. The pain was unbearable. An ambulance was called and the police attended. The kick went up her leg and shattered the bone. It forced the leg bone straight up into her knee. It was so badly broken that the doctors who first examined her thought she had been involved in a car or motorcycle crash.’

Mr Mann said: ‘Two years ago my daughter had two ribs broken by another pupil at the school. But Diane is the type of person who just wants to help pupils. We as a family are more angry about what happened than she is.’

The incident happened on January 7 at the Burwood School in Orpington, Kent - a school for children with special needs whose mainstream schooling has broken down.

The two teachers were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital with the other woman suffering from bruising and a facial injury.

Mr Mann said his daughter, a mother-of-two who studied at Greenwich University and can speak four languages, would almost certainly return to the school despite the horrific injuries she suffered. ‘She is very religious and is secretary of her local church. She feels nothing but pity for the children at the school because they haven’t had the love and affection that she and our family has had. The other children who witnessed the attack were left quite traumatised by it all.’

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said: ‘It is alarming and simply unacceptable that some employers and parents hold the view that if you work in a special school being assaulted, complained about or facing false allegations is part of the job. It is even more worrying that some teachers appear to have been conditioned into believing that is the case. Regrettably there is still a culture in some schools, particularly where pupils have serious behavioural problems, that being assaulted is all part of the job. No-one should ever have to go to work with the expectation of being assaulted.’

A spokesman for Bromley Council said: ‘It is important to note that the school is for statemented pupils with special educational needs in respect of emotional and behavioural difficulties.’

The 10-year-old boy has been bailed until mid-February.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086317/Teacher-leg-shattered-kneecap-broken-classroom-attack-10-year-old-boy.html#ixzz1jQYpViF1


Special educational needs or not, being assaulted is definitely NOT "all part of the job" Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:12 pm

sounds like just one rogue kid to be honest, feel very sorry for her but the school should continue as normal really

when I read that it was a school in Kent I first thought that this may be just some hooligan family but special needs ah, they don't tend to use that term unless its actually a genetic problem so really what can the police do.

if its straight ADHD then bad behaviour yes as there's no apparent genetic cause for that

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:27 pm

No one should have to go to work in fear of being assaulted in this way. This is the second time she has suffered broken bones. How many other incidents have there been that are perhaps not so serious, how many bruises? No

The school has to take responsibility and ensure the staff and pupils are safe. If that means that children who are violent in such a way are excluded then so be it. Perhaps home schooling might be a better solution.

The other children's needs have to be taken into account. If a child already has emotional and behavioural difficulties, being in a potentially violent situation isn't going to be conducive to a positive learning environment Sad

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:55 pm

Poor woman, hope she is ok soon. She sound very dedicated and would be a loss to teaching. The boy was statemented so there are obviously issues there, not that this excuses the attack on the teacher. Its a horrible situation all round.

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