Deputy head shoots a student with plastic bullets:
The boy was hit at least twice from a distance of up to 15 metres, with the plastic bullets causing injuries to his stomach, arms and legs.
The “momentary lapse of judgment” left Gitlin’s 30-year teaching career in tatters after he was convicted of assault by beating.
As he appeared at Stockport magistrates court on Friday, Gitlin, from Prestbury, near Wilmslow, wept as he admitted the offence, stating that he was going through an acrimonious divorce at the time and was not sleeping well.
He got off pretty lightly:
The teacher, who had otherwise enjoyed an unblemished career, was ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work and to pay the boy £125 compensation.
Perhaps he should have been sent to jail. It was definitely an extremely stupid thing for a teacher (or anyone) to do. Still… I can’t help but think that the student got what he deserved:
Eileen Rogers, prosecuting, said: “He was operating an air rifle when one of the students asked the teacher what it would be like to be shot by it.
“He replied it would ‘bloody hurt’ to which the young pupil responded ‘shoot me’, running around the hall and repeating the phrase a number of times.
“He was 10 – 15 metres away. He pointed the airsoft gun at him and fired it one or two times and one or more of the plastic bullets hit the young pupil and caused some injuries.
The kid certainly has the wrong attitude:
Miss Rogers added: “There were no lasting injuries but it is something that a young man would go through afterwards, in relation to trauma that was caused.
“He had several red marks on his stomach, his arms, and his legs. You wouldn’t expect it to happen on a school premises and there is a lasting effect on him.”
The correct response would be ‘I wanted to know, now I know. He shouldn’t have done it, but now the pain’s gone I’ll be fine, and it’ll make a brilliant drinking story”.