Trainee teacher cleared of assault – vows never to return to teaching

March 26, 2004

A trainee teacher cleared of fondling a pupil’s breast said yesterday that the incident had put him off the profession for good. Jonathan Dunning-Davies, who was acquitted by a Hull crown court jury, said that credulity towards students’ false allegations had made the job impossible. Speaking after the hearing, at which Judge Stuart Brown QC criticised the quality of prosecution evidence, he said: “Teachers live in an excessively ‘power-to-the-pupil’ environment. The government and members of the public need to be made aware of this growing problem in schools, where one day there will be no more teachers , because the word of every child is valued above and beyond that of everyone else.” …

Guardian

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