A teacher who went ‘crazy mental’ before assaulting a pupil has been sentenced at the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court today (Monday).

Graeme Bell, of Coronation Road, Cowes, was found guilty earlier this year of assaulting a pupil while on a residential field trip in 2018.

A trial had found Mr Bell – a former Cowes Enterprise College teacher – guilty of using unjust force when the student refused to sit down.

The incident was witnessed by another teacher who described seeing Mr Bell, 46, as going ‘crazy mental’ before trying to push the student – who has special needs – to the ground. It was also witnessed by another student.

The court was told there was a small bruise on the student’s shoulder, but this was not medically proven to be a result of the incident.

Mr Bell admitted he acted in a ‘moment of madness’.

As a result of being found guilty, Mr Bell lost his job as a teacher and will not be able to ever work with children again, his defence said.

Mr Bell was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and fined £400 with £85 charges.