Teacher allegedly hits boy with book when he refuses to turn off his phone
A teacher faces losing her career after she allegedly hit a 17-year-old student over the head with a book when he refused to turn off his phone. She reportedly threw the boy's phone out of the classroom window after hitting him.
Regina Hungerford, 54, denies the student's claims that she hit him for playing a music video on his phone in class. However, she was found guilty after a trial in magistrates court. Hungerford plans to appeal in an effort to save both her career and her senior role in the Girl Guides, which she volunteered with for 25 years. Her lawyer said:
Hungerford allegedly became angry when the 17-year-old repeatedly disrupted her math lesson at Merthyr Tydfil College, South Wales by playing music out loud on his phone. When she asked him to turn it off, he replied, "You can't make me." That's when Hungerford allegedly threw the boy's phone out the window and hit him with a book. The victim, however, can't recall if he was actually hit by the book. He said:
"The real sentence she will suffer is not the sentence of the court but the loss of her employment and loss of work with the girl guides. She can no longer volunteer in the community and that is a loss to her well being and the community that she supports."
"I remember Miss Hungerford swinging the book at me but I can't be certain that she hit me. What I can remember is her hitting the table while shouting. Although I was a bit dazed I was not injured."
Hungerford taught French, German and math at the school for 14 years. The mother-of-two has been living alone for eight years since the death of her husband. Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order in addition to ordering Hungerford to complete 60 hours unpaid work. She will have to pay £620 prosecution costs, a £520 criminal courts charge and a £60 statutory surcharge. Hungerford said:
It is still unclear whether or not the teacher's appeal was successful.
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