Mum fined for assault

A MOTHER has been found guilty of assaulting a primary school teacher, after her child was suspended from class.

The incident happened at Toormina Primary School in September last year, as the 42-year-old woman discussed her son's behaviour with his Year 4 teacher.

Earlier that day the boy had been suspended due to a schoolyard incident.

The woman and her partner were called to the school to discuss his suspension when the assault happened about 3.20pm in a staff room.

The court heard the woman raised her voice during the meeting and refused to sit down and discuss the matter with school staff.

The teacher entered the room and sat down on a lounge holding a folder containing the child's school records.

Witnesses to the assault say the woman strode across the room towards the teacher with her right fist raised.

Fearing she was going to be hit, the teacher protected her face with the A4 folder.

It was found the woman struck the folder with force, pushing it towards the victim's face.

The woman left the room and yelled a tirade of abuse outside the school grounds. Her partner and her son returned to the school 10 minutes later and spoke with the school principal.

Later that night the woman contacted Coffs Harbour Police, admitting to the assault.

In court she pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault on a school staff member, but was prosecuted and fined $300 plus court costs.

She was also ordered to adhere to the conditions of an apprehended violence order.

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