A mother has been left furious after her teenage daughter was suspended from school for throwing a Haribo sweet at her teacher.
13-year-old Katie Freeman ‘jokingly’ threw a gummy bear at the deputy head during a Children in Need fun day, when kids were permitted to chuck wet sponges at members of staff at the Market Bosworth School, in Leicestershire.
The gummy bear reportedly hit the teacher in the chest, triggering an investigation into which of the pupils had thrown it.
Katie was placed into isolation for two days before being excluded from lessons for a full day. She was also booted off an £850 ski trip to Italy – which the family will be refunded for – having already forked out hundreds of pounds for ski gear.
School principal Stuart Wilson, wrote to Katie’s parents to let them know their daughter was being suspended for ‘physical assault against an adult’, adding, ‘the decision to exclude Katie has not been taken lightly’. This accusation will reportedly be kept on Katie’s permanent record.
Katie’s mum, 52-year-old Sue, from Verdon, Leicestershire, has taken issue with the punishment, describing the British education system as being ‘petty’.
As reported by The Sun, Sue has spoken of how she believes the school has completely ‘overreacted’:
I’m so angry. I want people to know how petty our education system has got.
The fuming mother added:
I’ve never been called in before because of her behaviour. I’m absolutely disgusted.
According to Sue, Katie – who has been left ‘gutted’ by her punishment – has also been ordered to attend weekly meetings regarding her ‘behaviour and attitude’.
Damn right she should be suspended…zero tolerance is where we have to start from to correct society. Where is her respect for the teacher????
— Serpico1974 (@serpicoX5) November 28, 2018
Speaking about Katie’s banishment from the ski trip, Sue told the Mirror:
She’s absolutely gutted about it.
The school have said they’ll get the money back to us but the family have already spent hundreds of pounds on ski gear for her – it was going to be a Christmas present.
What she threw is irrelevant the girl needs to be disciplined well done the school
— Jan (@JanSg23) November 28, 2018
NO RESPECT. Well done to the school. I would exclude her and make an example of her. Bloody ridiculous that the think they can get away with it.
— Stuart Andrade (@droidinio) November 27, 2018
What do you reckon? Was Katie’s punishment justified, or should the teacher in question have seen the funny side?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.