To think the School overreacted in Expelling Pupil and calling Police for a stunt,when a "bollocking would have been enough".

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smokepole Wed 28-May-14 09:57:08

Jacob Dowdle, a year 13 Pupil at Altrincham Grammar school on the last day of term May 16, put a paper plate with whipped cream in to his year heads face.

This was a very "Stupid" thing to do, but no harm was meant or injury caused yet the school called the Police and summary expelled him. The teacher was seeking a prosecution for the stunt, when she was not injured The teacher although upset , should have had the grace to except that it was a poor stunt , ( or like most teachers on the last day taken it on the chin as overexcited students behaviour).

How can he be expelled on his last day?

GotMyGoat Wed 28-May-14 09:59:22

Erm... if someone did this to me in the street, I think I would call the police and be pretty upset.

Or do you think teachers should have to put up with abuse?

DrankSangriaInThePark Wed 28-May-14 10:00:05

Is he your kid?

WeirdCatLady Wed 28-May-14 10:01:04

To be fair, he smacked her in the face with a paper plate covered in cream. Then ran off. The teacher reported him to the police, who got him to apologise. Job done.
Then "someone" posts the video of it up on Facebook for all to see and laugh at. The young man refuses to say who uploaded it. As a result, he was expelled, though still allowed back in for his A level exams.

If someone came up to you and smacked a pie in your face I presume you'd think it hilarious then?

smokepole Wed 28-May-14 10:01:30

No. if you look in most of the Newspapers, you will see the story.

BrianTheMole Wed 28-May-14 10:01:45

I wouldn't be very happy if someone did that to me. Maybe I would call the police too. I don't blame her for doing so.

DrankSangriaInThePark Wed 28-May-14 10:03:26

OK, read the story.

Filmed and put on FB too.

He sounds a charmer.

MaureenMLove Wed 28-May-14 10:03:31

No, a bollocking would not have been enough, for the very reason he was leaving anyway.

He thought he'd get away with it, because there was nothing the school could do about it. He was very wrong, wasn't he?

Silly boy.

WorraLiberty Wed 28-May-14 10:03:36

Jeez what a disrespectful stunt.

He needs to be made an example of to stop other pupils thinking they can do the same.

Shakirasma Wed 28-May-14 10:04:30

That is assault and a criminal act. The fact that the school chose to throw the book at him shows they don't believe it was just a silly, badly thought out prank. It demonstrates that they believe it was malicious and no doubt their perspective comes from 7 years of knowing this boy.

meditrina Wed 28-May-14 10:04:34

An 18 yo should know better, really.

I wonder if this was an isolated incident or not?

cantbelievethisishppening Wed 28-May-14 10:04:54

OTT and deserved to be expelled. Students are officially on roll until a set date usually a couple of weeks after all exams finish.

He can be denied entry to sit exams, I think. Phenomenally stupid thing to do and I have no sympathy - being pied is not pleasant.

BrianTheMole Wed 28-May-14 10:06:17

Just watched the video. He deserves what he got imo. Very disrespectful of him.

Nocomet Wed 28-May-14 10:06:37

I hope if I was a HT I'd have the sense to ignore it in the last week of term.

threepiecesuite Wed 28-May-14 10:08:07

If someone did it in the street, you would consider it an assault. I'm increasingly seeing more instances of things happening in schools which get brushed under the carpet.

Goblinchild Wed 28-May-14 10:08:08

Wonder what his past record of incidents has been like with the school, or if this was a one-off. He gets to take his exams, but not to be part of the school.
Seems fair.

thebodylovesspring Wed 28-May-14 10:08:16

No he crossed a line. Wonder why he picked on a female teacher too and not one of the male sports teachers?

Sounds like a bully.

BrianTheMole Wed 28-May-14 10:09:39

Why Nocomet? Is it ok to assault someone as long as its the last week of term then?

dawndonnaagain Wed 28-May-14 10:09:40

It's an assault. I fully support the teacher concerned and the school.

LineRunner Wed 28-May-14 10:10:06

Filming it and uploading it onto the internet are massive red flags here. So an 18 year old doesn't like a particular teacher? Should he (a) assault and humiliate her, or (b) get over it and grow the fuck up?

Goblinchild Wed 28-May-14 10:10:14

www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/10857774/Grammar-school-boy-accused-of-common-assault-for-custard-pie-prank.html
He does come across as an entitled arse, so he should do well in the world of business.

Year 13? So he's 17/18 years old, an adult? I think it's time he learnt to behave himself.

Don't blame her in the slightest. As a teacher myself, I would find this humiliating and certainly wouldn't "take it on the chin" - would you allow it from another adult in your place of work? I don't think I personally would have called the police but I certainly wouldn't want to teach him again.

AnimalsAreMyFriends Wed 28-May-14 10:10:42

No sympathy for the boy at all. He's 18, he knew what he was doing. Utterly humiliating for the teacher.

He went way beyond normal end of term high jinks, he should be punished accordingly.

My sympathies are with the teacher, 100%

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