Teacher struck in face dur­ing at­tempt to end play­ground brawl

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Po­lice were called to a Dundee school fol­low­ing a mass brawl in which a teacher was struck in the face.

Of­fi­cers at­tended Bal­dragon Acad­emy at 1.15pm on Thurs­day fol­low­ing re­ports of a dis­tur­bance.

Al­though the fight had bro­ken up by the time po­lice ar­rived, a 14-sec­ond clip of the tus­sle was posted on­line.

The footage shows two girls rain­ing a se­ries of blows on each an­other, while other pupils film the vi­o­lence on their mo­bile phones.

Two adults – a male and a fe­male, be­lieved to be teach­ers – then make their way into the mid­dle of brawl.

The clip shows the woman try­ing to split up the fight be­fore the man comes in to as­sist.

The fe­male teacher can be seen try­ing to sep­a­rate two pupils and be­ing struck in the face as punches are thrown.

A mem­ber of the school staff con­tacted the po­lice.

Dur­ing the clip, pupils can be heard laugh­ing be­fore the man is forced to pin a girl wear­ing a hoodie against a wall.

The clip was re­moved from so­cial me­dia but only af­ter be­ing shared by a num­ber of users.

One par­ent, who did not want to be named, said the footage was “shock­ing”.

The par­ent said: “It looks like the adults just got stuck in the mid­dle of a fight.”

A po­lice spokesman con­firmed of­fi­cers at­tended the in­ci­dent.

He said: “Po­lice Scot­land was called to a sec­ondary school in Dundee at around 1.15pm in re­sponse to a re­ported dis­tur­bance.

“The in­ci­dent had con­cluded prior to of­fi­cers ar­riv­ing and no com­plaints were made to po­lice as the school was to deal with the mat­ter in­ter­nally.”

Strath­mar­tine coun­cil­lor Kevin Keenan said: “The teach­ers have got a dif­fi­cult job in these sit­u­a­tions and this only demon­strates that prob­lem fur­ther.

“Both the teach­ers ap­pear to have done ev­ery­thing they could to get the sit­u­a­tion un­der control.”

Dundee City Coun­cil said it has con­tacted the school re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent.

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