Teacher guilty of student assault

By Adele Forrest | 04/11/2016 8 comments

Teacher guilty of student assault

A TEACHER who grabbed a pupil by his collar and pushed him to the floor has been found guilty of assault.

Mark Biglin (48), of East Bawtry Road, was found guilty following a one-day trial at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

Biglin, a former graphics teacher at Oakwood High School, was suspended after the assault in September 2015 and is no longer working at the school.

The court heard Biglin grabbed the then-Year 7 pupil by the scruff of his collar and pushed him to the floor on an engineering corridor after becoming angry at the boy, who was playing about with a friend.

Biglin denied the assault but two other pupils, who gave evidence in court, verified the assault and one of the witnesses reported it to the headteacher immediately afterwards.

All the pupils concerned in this case cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The victim told the court that near the end of the school day he and his friend were playing about on a corridor pushing and shoving each other.

The victim pushed his friend into Biglin’s classroom door and the boy fell into the room.

The two young pupils then continued down the corridor, the court was told, but Biglin shouted the victim back and told him off for his behaviour.

The boy said Biglin grabbed him by his collar at the front of his shirt with both his hands and shouted angrily at him.

The boy added: “I felt something on my neck and felt a pinch.”

Biglin shouted at the boy: “How do you like it when someone does it to you?”

The victim added: “Then he pushed me and I landed on the floor like I was sitting down.

“Then I said ‘sorry’ to the teacher because I had pushed my friend.”

The victim said his bottom was hurting after the assault and he went home and told his mum what had happened.

His upset mother gave her son a paracetamol, took pictures of his bruises on his thigh and bottom and went back to the high school to complain to the deputy headteacher.

The mother than called the police herself.

Biglin claimed in court he had only touched the boy’s collar and he had fallen to the floor by himself.

Mr Mick Clarke, defending, said Biglin had shouted to the boy that people in his engineering classroom could have been working with knives, which is why it had been dangerous to burst through the door.

One of the young witnesses, who did not know the victim, verified that Biglin stated this but added the teacher grabbed the pupil and pushed him down on the floor.

The witness added: “Then me and my friend went to tell the headmaster everything.”

The victim did not cry but looked in shock, the witness added.

Biglin was found guilty by magistrates and ordered to pay a £200 fine, £100 compensation, £100 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

The boy’s mother told the Advertiser after the trial that she and her son had been left very upset by the incident.

The mother said: “I don’t touch my child, so I don’t expect a teacher to touch my child.”

School staff told the mother although they had CCTV cameras, they were not working when the incident occurred.

“I thought they were lying — how can cameras not work in a school?” she added.

The mother claimed her son was targeted by other teachers after the assault.

“The teachers were blaming things on him, I was asking for proof but they would just say we had to trust them,” the mother said.

“But how can I trust them, he’s my child and I know the extent he would go to.”

The mum said her son became frustrated, would return home grumpy and was like a different child.

She felt the fine imposed on Biglin was not large enough but was pleased with the verdict.

“My son is really happy he’s been listened to,” she added.

“But I’ve not had any apology from the school.”

Oakwood High School declined to comment.

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  • What an outrage!
    Yet another teacher with years of experience sacrificed by his own bosses who are terrified of a mother with a surprising grasp on how to ruin a teacher's life over.....nothing
    All the other kids not being expelled and who wish to learn will now lose out on his valuable knowledge and guidance.
    I note that said child has now been expelled.Says a lot.
    He's no little petal, no doubt.
    Poor little thing with a little bruised botty?Prove that was a result of this supposed assault!!
    Poor baby...
    I speak as a seasoned professional in the Justice system when I say that The Crown Prosecution Service have proved themselves to be an absolute disgrace in this instance by pursuing this matter and wasting Court time on such a trivial matter.
    I would also advise Mr Biglin to sue his former employers for failure to support him in this case while quickly escalating such nonsense to such a ridiculous and pointless degree.
    What sort of kids are these schools wishing to produce for our workforce?
    This man's immediate dependants will suffer as result of his career ending so needlessly,financially and psychologically.#
    I'd kick this lad's arse into the real world,instead of swamping him with bleeding heart liberals who tell him his infantile behaviour is not his fault,or his Mother's for that matter.
    Shame on all of them and my sincere condolences to Mr Biglin,who we should all thanks for his tears of dedicated service in a profession filled with these goons.

    bowlarcs. Mon 04 Dec 20:48:06.

  • Mark Biglin is among the finest and most decent people I’ve ever worked with. His reputation was for excellence in the classroom, where he was consistently rated as ‘outstanding’ under Ofsted criteria. He was strict, but always fair and the pupils admired him. This story is merely the reporting of a fabrication. The child in question has gone on to prove that he can’t be trusted. It would do Mark’s reputation and subsequent business a deal of good if the advertiser were to update their story in light of developments in the last year.

    SolidC. Sat 02 Dec 15:54:17.

  • Mark Biglin was the finest teacher I ever had the pleasure of working with. The vast majority of students in his classes admired and respected him. Since this court case, his union have fought to clear his name and the National College of Teaching and Learning have given their approval for him to teach again. Social Services have also cleared him of the charges. The student who made the initial allegations has since been excluded by Oakwood and is currently on a managed move to a different school. This article should be taken down now. It doesn't reflect the full story or the truth.

    jonbonjovi. Thu 30 Nov 12:09:26.

  • Mark Biglin was the finest teacher I ever had the pleasure of working with. The vast majority of students in his classes admired and respected him. Since this court case, his union have fought to clear his name and the National College of Teaching and Learning have given their approval for him to teach again. Social Services have also cleared him of the charges. The student who made the initial allegations has since been excluded by Oakwood and is currently on a managed move to a different school. This article should be taken down now. It doesn't reflect the full story or the truth.

    jonbonjovi. Thu 30 Nov 11:58:04.

  • Mr Biglin is a idiot who does not know how to treat kids he is a violent baldy dog.Baldy!Baldy!

    Ben. Mon 16 Oct 13:42:26.

  • Mr Biglin is a idiot who does not know how to treat kids he is a violent baldy dog.Baldy!Baldy!

    Ben. Mon 16 Oct 13:41:09.

  • Oakwood have lost a brilliant teacher. Mr Biglin always planned amazing lessons and did a great job, he was very down to earth and everyone achieved good results. Why should a snot nosed misbehaving y7 student bursting into a classroom cost him his career. In my opinion the student should be punished and Mr Biglin should carry on delivering a quality education to 1000s of pupils.

    Ro1234. Tue 08 Nov 13:48:36.

  • Oakwood have lost a brilliant teacher. Mr Biglin always planned amazing lessons and did a great job, he was very down to earth and everyone achieved good results. Why should a snot nosed misbehaving y7 student bursting into a classroom cost him his career. In my opinion the student should be punished and Mr Biglin should carry on delivering a quality education to 1000s of pupils.

    Ro1234. Tue 08 Nov 13:30:55.

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