Boy had teacher in headlock

A TEENAGER kicked a teacher at his school before grabbing him in a headlock.

The 15-year-old boy was being unruly at a Hartlepool school when he attacked the teacher, a court heard.

Hartlepool Youth Court was told that the male staff member was teaching in a science class and noticed the boy was missing.

He was later found in a cookery lesson where he was being “disruptive”, magistrates heard.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was asked to leave the cookery lesson and return to the science lesson, but refused.

He took a tub of chocolate sprinkles and walked along a corridor.

When the teacher followed and asked for the chocolate back, the boy ignored the plea and poured them into his mouth.

Prosecutor Paula Sanderson said the boy was asked again to give the chocolate back but again refused.

She told the court: “The victim said he turned around to close the classroom door but the defendant kicked him really hard in his thigh,” she said.

“That caused him extreme pain and he said he told the defendant he shouldn’t have hit him.”

The court heard that there was a struggle to get the chocolate and the boy got the teacher in a headlock.

Ms Sanderson said: “The defendant put his hand up to the victim, grabbed him with both hands and put him in a headlock with the victim bent over.

“He kept him in a headlock even though he requested him to let go on several occasions.

“Some children came out to see what was going on.

“The victim managed to prise the defendant’s grip and get himself away.”

The court heard the police were called and the victim suffered no visible injuries.

The youth admitted common assault on February 8 and breaching a six-month conditional discharge from October 10, last year, also for common assault.

John Relton, mitigating, said: “My client handled the situation badly – he tried to set the agenda by going to the lesson he wanted.

“He acted inappropriately towards the teacher and for that he is sorry.

“Education has resumed at the school and there has been no further problems.

“He is not too enamoured by the prospect of 36 hours reparation but that is the price you pay for assaulting teachers.”

Chairman of the magistrates bench Janet Henderson told the boy: “The court does not condone violence of any sort towards other people, especially people who are there simply doing their job.”

The boy was sentenced to a 12-month rehabilitation order with 36 hours reparation and a three-month curfew from 8pm-7am from Sunday to Thursday.