A teacher has been stripped of her registration after being
charged with hitting and manhandling children.
A decision by the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal detailed
charges brought by the New Zealand Teachers Council's
Complaints Assessment Committee which amounted to serious
The female teacher, whose name was withheld, was charged with
grabbing a student by the back of the collar and dragging him
around a table following a fight, tapping and or hitting
children with a ruler, hitting a child in the head during
folk dancing and pushing children by their shoulders onto the
ground and then shouting at them.
The teacher did not defend the charges and informed the
Teachers Council that she had left teaching completely.
"I wish to thank you very much for your kind consideration
and time. Really appreciated," she wrote.
"However I have found it very depressive and I could hardly
manage the depression/feeling I have now.
"So please let me be with the decision I have finally made. I
have decided to leave teaching completely."
The tribunal said they had no difficulty in reaching the
conclusion that her behaviour amounted to serious misconduct.
Her de-registration was "virtually inevitable" as she made it
"abundantly clear that she has no interest in retaining
- Brendan Manning of APNZ