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Teacher fined for assaulting boy

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Mr Becker says the case should never have come to court

A Suffolk teacher who ejected a child with special needs from a classroom has been fined £1,500 after being convicted of assault.

Michael Becker, 62, of Stutton, was told by Ipswich Magistrates he had come "perilously close" to a jail sentence.

The court heard that in November 2008 Becker had grabbed the 13-year-old boy by the collar and belt and removed him from the classroom for misbehaving.

Becker, a teacher for 30 years, apologised to the child outside court.

He had been found guilty of assault at a trial in Ipswich earlier this year and was told he must also pay £1,875 costs.

'Lose my job'

The child cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Outside court Becker said he would have to face a disciplinary panel of governors and expected to lose his job.

"It is almost certain I will lose my job because they will not be able to employ anyone with a criminal record," he said.

"I have not made any decisions about the future. This whole process has been terribly stressful.

"At the moment we are still considering our options."

He added: "I wish this had never happened. My life was teaching. I wish the whole thing hadn't happened."

He apologised to the child, saying: "I am very, very sorry for the child for what happened."



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