Principal ‘grilled and grilled and grilled’ after restraining child

Radio NZ News 9 October 2018
Family First Comment: And this is why teachers are leaving the profession and schools can’t replace them… 
“the principal removed the boy – believed to be 8-years-old – from a class where he was being disruptive. The mother, though, laid a charge of assault against the principal…assaulting her child when he restrained him and brought him over to the office. The principal was then taken to the local police station and interviewed. He said he was grilled and grilled and grilled.” 
#chaos

Police are defending their four-month investigation into a principal who physically restrained a child in his class and stopped him running away from the school.

The principal was investigated between August and December last year but the police determined there was insufficient evidence for criminal prosecution.

RNZ has agreed not to identify the principal.

Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association president Pat Newman, who spoke to RNZ on behalf of the principal, said the investigation was harrowing and took a severe toll on him.

In August last year, the principal removed the boy – believed to be 8-years-old – from a class where he was being disruptive, Mr Newman said.

“The mother, though, laid a charge of assault against the principal…assaulting her child when he restrained him and brought him over to the office.”

The principal was then taken to the local police station and interviewed.

“He said he was grilled and grilled and grilled,” Mr Newman said.

More than half of the interview was conducted in the absence of the man’s lawyer, who had left the station, believing there was no basis for an assault charge.
READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/368239/principal-grilled-and-grilled-and-grilled-after-restraining-child

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