The Daily Telegraph reported:
Science and agriculture teacher Stephen Krix was fired from Riverstone High School when he fought back against a year-10 student who refused to work and punched him in the face during a class.
Mr Krix – a “squarely built” 51-year-old who had worked in various public and private teaching roles since 1989 – told The Sunday Telegraph he acted in self-defence when he put the “slight” student in a headlock during a science class in May 2011.
The incident came after the student refused to take off his headphones, told Mr Krix to f*** off several times and punched the teacher when he stood close to him with a worksheet and refused to move.
The incident was outlined in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission last Wednesday where Mr Krix lost an appeal against the sacking he claimed was “harsh, unreasonable and unjust”.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Krix, who now works in the security industry, said the public system was failing kids because teachers feared being sacked if they disciplined students.
He said students were leaving public schools without the self-restraint required to cope with post-school life.
“It’s a joke – that’s why people are running to private schools,” Mr Krix said.
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