What happened BEFORE the teacher allegedly fought with the student: The second video gives a new perspective on the events before the classroom dispute that all of Australia is talking about, as the boy’s mother speaks
- Michael Kable, 62, had paper balls thrown at him during class
- By asking the student to stop, he had thrown more
A second video of an alleged shocking fight between a high school industrial arts teacher and his student has revealed what sparked the incident, as the boy’s mother speaks.
Michael Kable, 62, was arrested and charged Tuesday night after a Maitland Grossman High School student was allegedly assaulted in his classroom.
Video of the altercation quickly surfaced that appears to show Mr. Kable allegedly grabbing the student by the collar of his shirt and pulling him over a table.
However, the footage also shows Mr. Kable before the incident with a handful of paper balls that the student appears to have thrown at him during class.
Then the teacher can be heard saying ‘do you understand me? Stop doing it’, before the student throws another ball of paper at him, sparking tensions.
The video then cuts to the students yelling at the teacher before a table is thrown at him.
Mr. Kable was charged with common battery and received a warrant for his arrest for violence.
He was granted conditional bond and will face court next month.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Maitland Grossmann High School for comment while the Department for Education is investigating.
“We do not condone the behavior of children,” the teen’s mother told Nine News.
“This doesn’t change the fact that a teacher never, ever has the right to lay a hand on a student.”
A high school mother said she was “appalled” by the video and is looking to send her son elsewhere.
“We saw the video yesterday, our daughter circulated it to her on social media,” she said.
‘We are looking for other schools for her now.
‘It’s scary, what if that was my girl?’
A second video of 62-year-old industrial arts teacher Michael Kable (pictured), allegedly assaulting his student, revealed what happened earlier.
A Change.org petition was started around 10 p.m. Tuesday night alleging that the video does not give the full context of what occurred in the classroom.
“Throughout his career, Mr. Kable has suffered numerous and countless amounts of verbal and physical abuse from students,” an anonymous petition creator states.
‘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 into trouble in an attempt to get time off from school through suspension.
The petition has nearly reached its goal of 1,000 signatures in less than 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, throwing more after asking him to “stop doing it.”
Others who signed the petition echoed the creator’s position.
“Fellow teacher here, respect for kids has gone out the window these days and it’s disgusting,” wrote one signer.
“These kids have no respect and don’t want to learn, the man deserves a safe work space with no abuse or anything he’s been enduring,” wrote a second.
“All other industries have zero tolerance for anti-social and threatening behavior,” wrote a third.
‘Explain to me why this teacher is not entitled to the same protections and why he cannot defend himself.’
A petition was launched to support Mr. Kable after he was charged with common battery and received an apprehended violence warrant.
NSW Leader of the Opposition Chris Minns was asked about the incident after video posted on social media showed the classroom fight.
“I don’t know the circumstances,” Minns told Nine’s Today on Wednesday.
‘Teachers have never been under so much pressure.
Discipline at 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 teachers are supported.’