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TEACHER ASSAULT PROBE; He is suspended over eye boy's claim.

Byline: JAMES MONCUR EXCLUSIVE

A TEACHER at a top Scots secondary school is being investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a partially-sighted pupil.

The boy claims he was told to sit down, but the man kicked away his chair at the last second.

The 12-year-old says that after he fell on the floor, William Boal pushed the chair into his body at Lenzie Academy, near Glasgow.

Mark Houston - whose sight problem forces him to travel to school by taxi - says he is too scared of the teacher to return to classes since the alleged incident last month.

Mark, who suffers from a rare eye disorder, says he was ordered to stay behind after a science lesson on October 26 and Mr Boal attacked him.

He says he was left with bruising on his leg and groin from the chair.

Last night, his mum Elaine, 40, from Auchinloch, near Glasgow, said: "When Mark came home he was very shaken.

"He said the teacher got angry with him after he packed his books before a lesson ended. He said Mr Boal pushed the chair down on him he said, 'Oops, did that hurt, Mark?'"

She said the school refused to take action because there were no witnesses and Mr Boal denied the attack.

Police and East Dunbartonshire Council last night confirmed they are investigating the complaint.

In September, the teacher lost his temper with 12-year-old pupil Nicola Wilson and knocked a pen out of her hand. He later apologised after her parents complained.
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