What happened BEFORE teacher allegedly brawled with student: Second video gives new insight into events before the classroom dispute that all of Australia is talking about – as the boy’s mother speaks out
- Michael Kable, 62, had paper balls thrown at him during class
- Upon asking the student to stop, he had more thrown at him
A second video of a shocking alleged brawl between a high school industrial arts teacher and his student has revealed what sparked the incident, as the boy’s mother speaks out.
Michael Kable, 62, was arrested and charged on Tuesday night after a student at Maitland Grossman High School was allegedly assaulted in his classroom.
Video of the altercation quickly surfaced that appears to show Mr Kable allegedly grabbing the student by the scruff of the shirt and pulling him over a table.
However, the footage also shows Mr Kable prior to the incident with a handful of paper balls that appear to have been thrown at him by the student during class.
The teacher then can be heard saying ‘do you understand me? Stop doing it’, before the student throws another paper ball at him, flaring tensions.
The video then shows students yelling at the teacher before a table is thrown at him.
Mr Kable was charged with common assault and given an apprehended violence order.
He was granted conditional bail and is due to face court next month.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Maitland Grossmann High School for comment as the Department of Education is investigating.
‘We do not condone the bevavious of the boys,’ the teenage boy’s mother told Nine News.
‘This does not change the fact a teacher never ever has the right to lay a hand on a student.’
A parent of the high school said that she was ‘appalled’ by the video and is looking to send her child elsewhere.
‘We saw the video yesterday, our daughter got it circulated to her on social media,’ she said.
‘We’re looking for other schools for her now.
‘It’s scary, what if that was my little girl?’
A second video of 62-year-old industrial arts teacher, Michael Kable (pictured), allegedly assaulting his student has revealed what happened prior
A Change.org petition was started at around 10pm Tuesday night claiming that the video does not show the complete context of what occurred in the classroom.
‘Throughout his career Mr Kable has suffered from numerous and countless amounts of verbal and physical abuse from students,’ an anonymous creator of the petition claims.
‘But due to the weak and inconsistent school punishment system they only get a ‘slap on the wrist’ as punishment.
The petition creator then claimed that students intentionally get in trouble in an attempt to get time off of school through a suspension.
The petition has almost reached its 1000 signature goal in less that 24 hours having surpassed its original goal of 500 on Wednesday.
The video shows Mr Kable approaching the student with a handful of paper balls that were apparently thrown at him during class, having more thrown at him after asking to ‘stop doing it’
Others who signed the petition echoed the creator’s stance.
‘Fellow teacher here, kids respect has gone out the window these days and it is disgusting,’ one signee wrote.
‘These kids have no respect and they don’t want to learn the, man deserves a safe work space without abuse or anything like that he has been there putting up with,’ a second wrote.
‘Every other industry has a zero tolerance to anti social and threatening behaviour,’ a third wrote.
‘Explain to me why this teacher is not entitled to the same protections and why is he not able to defend himself.’
A petition has been launched to support Mr Kable after he was charged common assault and was given an apprehended violence order
NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns was asked about the incident after a video posted on social media showed the classroom scuffle.
‘I don’t know the circumstances,’ Mr Minns told Nine’s Today show on Wednesday.
‘Teachers have never been under so much pressure.
‘Discipline in school is important. Part of that is ensuring that when teachers make a call to principals they are backed up.
‘If there are examples of that in NSW education, we have to make sure the teachers are backed up.’