Timetable change saw Bersham pupil spit at teacher

Published date: 23 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A PUPIL spat in a teacher’s face and put a brick through a special school window after his timetable was changed.

The 13-year-old, who attends Prospects School in Bersham, admitted criminal damage and assault when he appeared at Wrexham Youth Court yesterday.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the teenager was disruptive in school on March 25.

He left the classroom for a cigarette and when he returned, was sent home.

At 11am her returned to the classroom and was put in a separate room, which he barricaded himself in with another pupil.

Teachers removed him from the building, but he lashed out and kicked a back door.

Warned he could cause criminal damage, he responded by saying “I’ll show you criminal damage”, before he spat in the teacher’s face.

He picked up a brick from a skip and used it to smash two panes of glass in a window, causing £500 damage.

Elzbeth Kenny, defending, said: “He is only 13 but isn’t settled and likes his routine.

“On that day he thought he would be studying IT but, unbeknown to him, a surprise change to the timetable gave him two-and-a-half hours of intensive maths instead.

“He was happy with his old timetable but his routine had been altered and this left him disgruntled. When later, three members of staff went to restrain him, his hat fell off and this upset him further.

“That was when he spat at the maths teacher. He has no good reason for his poor behaviour and accepts it was a nasty, vulgar assault.”

Magistrate Roland Humphreys told the youth: “It’s about putting your brain in gear before you act.

“Spitting is nasty, disgusting and unacceptable behaviour in any society.

“It is one of the worst things you can do. All actions have consequences.”

The teenager was given a youth rehabilitation order for six months, including supervision. He was also told to pay £50 compensation for the spitting incident and £50 for the window damage.

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