A primary school teacher has been handed 80 hours of community service after he was found guilty of two counts of common assault on a 10-year-old student.
The 35-year-old defendant, surnamed Ng, grabbed the boy by the neck, pulled him by his collar and kicked chairs and desks, news website hk01.com reports, citing court documents.
A magistrates’ court said the teacher’s behavior was an “obvious abuse of parents’ trust”.
The judge said Ng is unlikely to commit the same offense again after learning the defendant had taken 132 hours of a self-help course on ways of working with students with special needs.
The boy suffers from dyslexia.
Judging from the 16 mitigation letters presented by the defendant, the judge said Ng’s behavior was not consistent with his personality.
He cited Ng’s outstanding academic qualifications and work performance as a talented teaching professional.
Meanwhile Ng’s school said he will continue to be employed until the end of the current school year, according to Apple Daily.
The judge urged Ng to continue to serve as a teacher, adding that a criminal record is not the end of the world.
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