A science teacher who punched and kicked students, and called
them "ugly" and "dumb" has lost his teaching licence.
The teacher, whose name was suppressed, was also censured by
the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal and ordered to pay 50 per
cent of the investigation and prosecution costs.
He was employed as a Year 9 assistant science and chemistry
teacher during 2011 and 2012.
During those school years, the tribunal said he used abusive
language when speaking to the students.
He also "engaged in inappropriate conduct amounting to
psychological and verbal abuse of students by ridiculing,
bullying and harassing students", the report said.
That included calling some of the pupils "fat", "ugly",
"dumb" and "cowards".
The teacher also physically assaulted some students,
including punching, kicking and lifting some off their feet
and yelling about their conduct "close to their faces", the
He engaged in fights with male students before or after
class, and also encouraged the pupils to fight and/or wrestle
each other, by setting up a ring in the classroom and
shouting "Fight!, Fight!, Fight!".
Other inappropriate behaviour included showing the students
tobacco, cigars and a marijuana pipe.
He attempted to intimidate students into not making
complaints about his behaviour by telling students that he
knew where they lived.
"[He] did this in a manner which he knew would make students
feel uncomfortable, scared and threatened," the report said.
The teacher agreed his conduct amounted to serious
- By Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ