Teacher in charge of improving student behaviour smashed up colleague’s car with hammer

Teacher in charge of improving student behaviour smashed up colleague’s car with hammer

A PE teacher in charge of improving student behaviour smashed up a female colleague’s car with a builder’s hammer as she sat terrified behind the wheel.

Samuel Woodhall has dodged a teaching ban but quit his job after he snapped during a row with his co worker at 1,300 pupil Cheslyn Hay Academy, Staffordshire, a misconduct panel was told.

He worked at the school from September 2017 to December 2019, and the woman, referred to only as Individual A was a staff colleague.

Both had been spoken to by their bosses over a previous incident at the school in July 2019, Panel chairman Neil Hillman said.

He added: “In November 2019 following an exchange of heated SMS messages and telephone discussions Individual A attended Mr Woodhall’s home address.

“An argument occurred whereby Mr Woodhall picked up a hammer from his house, which had been left due to ongoing building works, and caused damage to Individual A’s vehicle, whilst she was still sitting in it.”

He smashed in the back window, the rear side window, and bashed in the bodywork, the hearing in Coventry was told.

Woodhall, who has since moved to work in a different county, was cautioned by West Midlands Police over the incident.

Mr Hillman ruled: “Whilst the panel noted that the circumstances of the criminal damage involved a weapon and Individual A was sitting in the motor vehicle when the incident occurred, the panel did not find that the teacher’s conduct amounted to ‘major criminal damage’.

“However, the panel nonetheless found that the nature of the offence was serious.”

Mr Woodhall was “a member of the senior leadership team, leading on the school improvement plan in areas of behaviour and attendance, a student mentor and the creator and manager of the student outreach programme”, the panel was told.

A colleague told the panel that Mr Woodhall’s actions were “completely out of character” and that he “has realised his mistake and now acts totally differently”.

Mr Woodhall added that he “loves being a teacher. It is my life and my passion”.

Sparing him a ban, Sarah Buxcey, for the Education Secretary, said: “In this case, I agree with the panel that the publication of the adverse findings made by the panel is sufficient to send an appropriate message to the teacher as to the standards of behaviour that are not acceptable.”

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