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Ian Webber was convicted of assaulting a boy at an after-school football club (Image: SWNS) A physical education teacher who hit a four-year-old boy on his knees was banned from the profession. Ian Webber, 56, hit the boy when he had a tantrum at an after-school football club. As he hit the boy, a panel was heard telling him not to shoot the Post-it from an idea exhibition at Sutton Coldfield school in the West Midlands. He carried the boy by the shoulders in a gym and warned, “If you kick me again, I’ll hit you” before slapping him on his knees twice on May 23, 2018.
Webber was convicted of assaulting the child in February 2019 and was banned from the teaching profession for life after an abuse panel ruled that his actions were unacceptable professional behavior. The 6ft 2in teacher from Polesworth in Warwickshire refused to attack the boy by beating him, but lost his case two years ago at the Birmingham Magistrate’s Court. Webber had received a warning before attacking the child after striking a child in 2016, but was said to have “worsened behavior towards young children.”
Panel chair Alan Meyrick concluded: ‘His behavior included improper physical contact with a very young nursery-age child. It involved the repeated slapping of a four-year-old boy to his knees in response to his behavior in an after-school football training session. Furthermore, the behavior was carried out in the context of an earlier written warning at the same school (in 2016) after Mr. Webber had previously made inappropriate physical contact with another child. ‘The 16-year-old experienced teacher may have given the boy “high-five” the sound of slapping the Boy and the witnesses heard during his trial.
But District Judge David Robinson convicted Webber after saying the victim’s and three other children’s evidence was “clear and reasonable”. The court heard that the boy, who could not be named for legal reasons, hit his legs “very hard” for “misbehaving” by Webber. At the time, Judge Robinson said that the teacher reacted to being kicked and punched, and that this was an isolated crime in a long teaching career, praising his “outstanding contribution as a physical education teacher.” After the trial, students and parents raised more than £ 6,000 in support of Webber to help cover court costs.