Frustrated parents have spoken out about violent incidents at a high school where a metalwork teacher allegedly assaulted a student in the classroom this week.
Michael Kable, 62, was charged after being filmed allegedly assaulting a disruptive student at Maitland Grossmann High School on Tuesday afternoon.
Thousands of supporters have signed a petition supporting Mr Kable, some claiming that he had suffered verbal and physical abuse from students for years.
He admitted to Daily Mail Australia: ‘At the end of the day, I did the wrong thing’.
Now, two parents have come forward to complain about their children allegedly being brutally attacked by their peers at the school.
One family reported a schoolgirl to police after she allegedly punched their son in the head 15 times during class.
A mother – who cannot be named for legal reasons – told Daily Mail Australia her son was in a class on March 8 when a disruptive female student was told to leave the room.
Outraged parents (one pictured) have come forward to share their stories from Maitland Grossmann High School – where a teacher allegedly assaulted a student this week
As the child was walking out, ‘she couldn’t walk past his chair, so she (allegedly) grabbed his head at the back and went to slam his head on the table’, the parent said.
‘When he resisted, she punched him around 15 times.’
Despite two teachers being in the classroom, the parent said no-one intervened or called an ambulance.
‘He had a concussion,’ the parent said. ‘I had to come pick him up and take him to hospital.’
The girl was suspended from school and the matter was reported to police.
A NSW police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the girl attended Maitland Police Station on March 20.
She was dealt with under the Youth Offenders Act – which sees children given warnings and cautions rather than being dealt with via the court system.
Mr Kable (pictured) is accused of grabbing a student and pulling him across a desk in a classroom
Meanwhile, another parent of a student at the school said he is ‘still waiting on police to follow up’ after his son was allegedly attacked by fellow students on two separate occasions.
In the first incident, his son was allegedly assaulted by two boys on a bus, with a girl who rushed in to help also allegedly being punched in the head.
‘She didn’t know him at all.. The school said they would deal with it,’ the father wrote online. ‘Three months later the boys’ friend assaults my son [again].’
Despite the alleged incidents, the father claimed staff told him they wanted his son to continue travelling on the bus and could not stop him from being allegedly bashed.
‘I have to drop him in a carpark next to a private area so he doesn’t go near the public section as they can’t stop the [alleged] assaults,’ he said.
‘[This] second time the boy is serving 10 days suspension and [I’m still] waiting on police to follow up.’
The other parent Daily Mail Australia spoke to, whose son was allegedly assaulted by a girl, said school staff were ‘fully supportive’ after coming forward with the claims.
But the parent claimed the school’s hands are tied by departmental policies that prevent them from expelling students or intervening in fights – which could see staff potentially lose their jobs.
The parent claimed said the once-prestigious school – which she also attended – has declined in the past 12 months after the NSW Department of Education introduced new zoning policies, requiring children to go to schools within their district.
She said the school has since had an influx of children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who need greater support for learning disabilities and behavioural issues.
Due to staff shortages within the industry, she said teachers are stretched thin trying to manage the new system. ‘It is unfair on both teachers and students,’ she said.
‘The kids playing up have behavioural issues or intellectual disabilities and they can’t keep up with the class work, so they are disengaged, making it hard for the teachers and behaviourally normal students trying to learn,’ she said.
‘If there is violence, those kids need to be expelled or more placed into more academically appropriate classes with better staff-to-student ratios so they can get the support they need.’
In a statement, a NSW Department of Education spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Staff at the school take their duty of care seriously and intervene when an incident occurs. We refute allegations that suggest otherwise.’
‘Incidents of violence at Maitland Grossman High School are isolated. When they do occur, the school takes strong action and provides support,’ the spokesperson said.
‘Maitland Grossman High School provides a caring and supportive learning environment for all students.
‘It is resourced to support students both academically and for their wellbeing, including for students with additional learning needs.’
This week, the school burst into the headline’s as the video allegedly involving Mr Kable went viral.
Mr Kable was handed an apprehended violence order and charged with common assault on Tuesday night after video of the scuffle – alleged to have begun over a paper fight in the classroom – emerged.
Michael Kable is pictured outside his home on Thursday, sporting a broken knuckle (pictured), after he allegedly assaulted a student in class earlier in the week
A petition has been launched to support Mr Kable after he was charged common assault and was given an apprehended violence order
Maitland Grossmann High School (pictured) hit headlines this week after a video of a teacher allegedly brawling with a student went viral
In the footage, the teacher could be seen holding handful of paper balls that appear to have been thrown at him by a student during class.
The teacher then can be heard saying ‘do you understand me? Stop doing it’, before the student throws another paper ball at him.
Mr Kable appears to then allegedly grab the student by his shirt and pulling him over a desk – before another student then threw another desk toward him.
More than 5,000 people have signed a Change.org petition claiming the video did not show the context of the altercation; that Mr Kable was being ‘defamed’ and had regularly suffered physical and verbal abuse from students.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia on outside his home on Thursday, Mr Kable said he is appreciative of the support but: ”At the end of the day, I did the wrong thing.’
While he insisted there are two sides to every story, Mr Kable noted lawyers had advised him not to speak about the matter.
The Department of Education is investigating. Mr Kable is due to appear before Maitland Local Court on 2 April.