A high school teacher who allegedly assaulted a student after he disobeyed his order to take rubbish from a classroom is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on May 31.
The accused, Troy Chambers — an employee at Calabar High School in Kingston — is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. When he appeared in court Tuesday before Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The teacher, it is alleged, twisted the right ear of the 11-year-old complainant, grabbed him by his neck, causing bruises — and slapped him on his arm after the student refused to take out the rubbish.
The student reportedly told his parents about the incident and the matter was reported to the police.
Chambers’ attorney Valerie Neita yesterday denied the allegations. According to the lawyer, her client simply told the student who was throwing stones to kneel on the ground.
“If these laws were in school when I was going to school, there would be no teachers,” said Pusey.
The matter was rescheduled for mention in May, pending a medical report.
Chambers’ bail was extended.