Teacher facing assault charges

AN Ipswich teacher will face court next week on charges of assaulting one student and binding the hands of another while working at an unnamed special-needs school.

The middle-aged teacher, who allegedly committed the offences on two separate occasions last year, has not worked as a teacher since the incidents were reported.

It is understood the alleged victims are young children with disabilities which prevent them from communicating.

As the matter is before the court, police are unable to provide details of the offences, but it was reported yesterday that the man was alleged to have used duct tape to tie one child’s hands last year, sparking at least one of the deprivation of liberty charges.

Education Queensland’s Ethical Standards Unit undertook its own investiga- tion after the allegations came to light last year.

Department of Education and Training acting assistant director general for student services David Manttan said the department co-operated fully with police investigations.

“The department is unable to comment further on a matter before the courts,” Mr Manttan said.

“Education Queensland is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students in its care.

“Where a student may become physically violent towards others or exhibit behaviour that places their own personal safety at risk, physical restraint may be necessary and is used only as a last resort.”

The former teacher has been charged with two counts of deprivation of liberty and one count of common assault and will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on June 9.

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