Kieran Heakin, 60, was grabbed around the throat after being confronted in his study by the father who had gone to the school to claim his son was being bullied by fellow pupils.
As another teacher tried to intervene, the father also tried to 'knee' and headbutt Mr Heakin, shouting: 'Now I am really going to hurt you'
Mr Heakin, headmaster of St John the Baptist Roman Catholic school in Burnley, Lancashire, was left sore and bruised after the distressing incident and the father, 45, was subsequently arrested.The attacker, incredibly enough, can’t be named. To ‘protect his child’.
The dad was found guilty of two counts of assault at Burnley magistrates' court yesterday and was given 16 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, with 12 months' supervision and a 12-week 7pm to 7am curfew.
He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation and £200 costs.You’d expect Mr Heakin to be at boiling point. You’d be wrong.
He said: 'We are just like NHS staff on a Saturday night where people come into a hospital accident and emergency department and do not have any respect for those people who are trying to help.
'Teaching today is very different to what it used to be like. You have to be really on top of your game and each day you just do not know what is going to happen that day and it could be that a trivial incident turns into a major incident.
'Parents are going through hard times to (sic)and there are a lot more broken families and children today can sometimes suffer and these days are brought up having their tea in front of the TV.
'I have forgiven this person but you do get the small minority of parents who have no respect for anybody.I… What?
You’ve forgiven him? For assaulting you in your office?
'Other teachers and heads can get depressed about it and when speaking to fellow head teachers I have found that they can get very irate and not want to carry on with the profession.
'But I see it as a character building experience and life is full of experiences.'You know….now I want to headbutt and punch him!
H/T: Macheath via email