Primary School Teacher Denies Spitting In Students' Faces
Teacher accused of spitting, punching, pinching and scratching.
The list of allegations is unpleasant enough: spitting in someone’s face, punching their shoulders, pinching their arms, pushing, scratching and swearing.
What makes this story more horrifying, is that these are the alleged actions of a Sydney primary school teacher, against four of her young students.
The teacher can’t legally be named, because a court decided on Wednesday that naming her could lead to the identification of the eight- and nine-year-old pupils.
She had been teaching at Bass Hill Public School, in the city’s south west, for less than two months when parents raised concerns with the school, who in turn contacted Family and Community Services, and then police.
The teacher was arrested at her home on May 28, and charged with six counts of assault.
In Bankstown Court today, she entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
In a statement, the Department of Education said it had “undertaken risk management and this person will not be teaching at schools pending the outcome of the matter.”
The teacher’s bail conditions prevent her from approaching the school, or any of the victims or their family members.
In paperwork tendered to the court, police wrote “the offences are on the lower end of the assault spectrum, however… the victims are students in her care.”
Officers made the decision to grant her bail, despite holding concerns the teacher may endanger the safety of victims, or interfere with witnesses or evidence.
The case will return to court on August 8.