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Teacher Peter Harvey not guilty over dumbbell assault on pupil

Publié par Clifford Armion le 30/04/2010

Steve Bird

"A teacher who beat a boy's head with a dumbbell while shouting die, die, die walked free from court yesterday after being cleared of attempted murder because he was mentally unwell and had been tormented by the pupil.

"In a case that raised doubts about whether there was sufficient help available for stressed teachers struggling with disruptive children, Peter Harvey, 50, was cleared after the jury deliberated for little more than an hour. He was also cleared of grievous bodily harm with intent.

"The four-day case has also highlighted the problems caused by mobile-phone cameras and the possibility that children are more likely to misbehave in class if they know that they are being filmed. Only now can it be revealed that Judge Michael Stokes, QC, who welcomed the not guilty verdict as common sense, had questioned why the attempted murder charge had been pursued in the first place."

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"Teacher Peter Harvey not guilty over dumbbell assault on pupil", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2010. Consulté le 28/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/teacher-peter-harvey-not-guilty-over-dumbbell-assault-on-pupil