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DUNDEE DEFENDS SCHOOL JANITOR'S DISMISSAL OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT ON PUPIL

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Dundee City Council has defended the dismissal of a school janitor, after criticism of the decision from teachers a...
Dundee City Council has defended the dismissal of a school janitor, after criticism of the decision from teachers at the school.

The Herald (p3) reports that staff at Lawside Academy have written to the council expressing their disgust at the treatment of Bruce Ransford, who was sacked after he grabbed the arm of pupil and took him off to see the head teacher because the youth had deliberately dropped litter in front of him.

It was alleged that Mr Ransford physically assaulted the 15-year-old pupil, but now almost every union member at the school signed the letter to the council, which also indicated that they may refuse to teach the pupils involved in the incident.

Police are still investigating the incident and have been interviewing witnesses over the past few days. A council spokesman said yesterday: 'Our principle and our working practices are that we will always protect the safety of pupils and the council will not condone conduct that jeopardises this.

'In this case, we are surprised that members of the teaching unions are taking a position when they are not in possession of the detailed facts. The police are continuing investigations into a serious allegation and we are not able to comment further.'

A meeting has been arranged for later this month to discuss the appeal.

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