Why was the teacher fired for gently lobbing cardboard at a sleeping student. The student should have been fired
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For two decades Steve Dix has been teaching at a technical college. He has an unblemished record.
Back in 2018 as Mr Dix conducted his lesson he could see one of the students had his face down on the desk clearly asleep for at least 15 minutes.
The student, still wearing his hoodie inside the class, did not even respond to his name being called out.
To my mind that disgraceful act should have led to the student being suspended from Neath Port Talbot College in Wales.
That didn’t happen. Instead in a bid to wake him Dix decided to gently lob a piece of cardboard at the teenager.
And unbelievably this led to the college sacking Dix.
So Dix went to an employment tribunal arguing that the firing was ‘’unduly harsh’’ but they rejected his claim saying he was ‘’reckless’’ in throwing the cardboard.
I don’t agree. What should a lecturer do in the face of a sleeping student?
Gently rouse him? Plead with him to wake up? Ask his student chums to read him the Iliad?
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Despite the ruling Dix won his claim for of unfair dismissal over the technical flaws in the investigation process.
But he will receive no compensation because he would still have been sacked if the process had been fair.
What a ridiculous judgment. Absurd that Dix was fired in the first place.
Sure, it may have not been in the rules to throw stuff at thick and sleeping students but what harm was done.
It was a piece of cardboard for God’s sake. The college could have simply taken him aside and sought an assurance that it should not happen again.
What certainly should have happened is that the student have been at the minimum suspended and if I had my way be kicked out.
The chances of that kid making anything of his life are nil and the fact that he has managed to destroy the life of a lecturer quite wrong.
The college emerge shockingly. Why didn’t they stand by their employee?
Be interested to hear from anybody with an inside track.
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