Stressed teacher cleared of murder bid
A teacher who bludgeoned an abusive pupil over the head with a metal weight during a lesson, shouting "die, die die", was cleared of attempted murder yesterday.
Peter Harvey (50) fractured the 14-year-old boy's skull after the child swore at him during a science lesson last July.
Some of the class wanted to taunt the teacher, who had just returned from sick leave for depression and stress, to provoke an angry reaction which they planned to film secretly.
The jury took less than two hours to clear the father of two of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm.
Harvey, who admitted another charge of grievous bodily harm, has spent eight months in prison on remand awaiting trial.
He told police he thought he had killed the boy.
"I can't remember it too well, but I do recall it was like watching it on television," Harvey said, according to transcripts of police interviews read out at Nottingham Crown Court.
Harvey attacked the boy with a 3kg weight during a lesson at All Saints' Roman Catholic School in Mansfield. Harvey's defence was that he had been driven to breaking point by badly behaved pupils.
"This court is looking to impose a community order which will assist you with the problems that you have had," said Judge Michael Stokes.