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Teacher cleared of slapping pupil

A head teacher is cleared of slapping a pupil on the face when he refused to stop smoking.

A 15-year-old boy accused Eve Ritchie-Fallon of hitting him outside Forest Education Centre in Dibden Purlieu, Hampshire, in November 2008.

Mrs Ritchie-Fallon, of Long Close, Pennington, was found not guilty of assault by beating at Southampton Magistrates' Court.

The 57-year-old had maintained the assault had not happened.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

He had alleged she had pulled off a pair of earmuffs from his head before slapping him.

The Forest Education Centre teaches children aged between 11 and 16 who have been referred because of behavioural difficulties or because they have been permanently excluded from school.

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