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Fife teacher and pupil suspended
Mike Barile
Mike Barile is also an associate director at Dundee United FC
A teacher and a pupil have been suspended from a Fife school following allegations the youngster assaulted the maths tutor.

Mike Barile, 49, who works at Madras College in St Andrews was ordered home. The pupil was also suspended.

Police are investigating the incident on 21 September and the Educational Institute for Scotland is calling for Mr Barile's suspension to be lifted.

The headteacher said his pupils were known for their "high standards".

Mr Barile, who lives in Dundee and is an associate director at Dundee United Football Club, has so far not commented on his suspension.

The information suggests this does not warrant a suspension and it is likely to inflame the situation rather than resolve it
Educational Institute of Scotland spokesman

A spokesman for the EIS union said: "We have written to Fife Council asking for the suspension to be lifted, but we have not yet had a response.

"The difficulty is that this suspension has raised the stakes - it would have been far better, both in the interests of the pupil and the interests of the teacher if the teacher had not been suspended and we had been able to sit down and sift through the facts.

"The information suggests this does not warrant a suspension and it is likely to inflame the situation rather than resolve it."

A Fife Constabulary spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that officers are investigating an incident at Madras College where a complaint was made by a 49-year-old male against a 16-year-old pupil."

Madras College, (Picture by David Miller)
The teacher works at Madras College in St Andrews

Ken Greer, Fife Council's head of education, said: "I can confirm a teacher at Madras College has been suspended pending a disciplinary enquiry.

"However, I would refute allegations that he was suspended because he complained about a lack of action.

"We are satisfied that appropriate disciplinary action was taken by the school management against the pupil involved and would disagree that the school has problems with discipline."

Lindsay Matheson, headteacher of Madras College, said he was "very disappointed" that the pupils of Madras were being portrayed as lawless and undisciplined.

He added: "Madras College has a very good reputation within the area and our pupils are known for the high standards they set both in school and outside, where they are involved in a large variety of community work.

"Contrary to reports, the pupil involved in this incident was dealt with by senior management at the time and was excluded from school."

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