Teacher faces wait over job after assault on boy of 12

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A teacher who pushed a child into a hedge in a momentary loss of temper is waiting to find out if he can keep his job.

Dean Macfarlane, aged 55, of Lambecroft, Carlton, Barnsley, admitted assaulting the 12-year-old boy at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court and given 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Macfarlane, who has been a teacher for 34 years, confronted two boys who had pelted his house with snowballs and hurled them at his face.

Macfarlane, who works as an IT teacher at a Doncaster school, said he pushed one of the boys into a hedge after enduring more than 18 months of anti-social behaviour.

“The smaller of the two boys said ‘It wasn’t me, I wasn’t there’ and I told him I had just seen him – he had been less than five feet away from me. Then one of them spat on the floor in front of me,” he said.

“It escalated from there and pure frustration took over and I pushed the lad and he went into the hedge.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership will decide whether he will be allowed to keep his job.