Teacher cleared of assault on pupil

Joanne Mallon of Young Enterprise presents Ceara School teacher Laura McConville with the Centre of Excellence Award. INLM2512-132gc
Joanne Mallon of Young Enterprise presents Ceara School teacher Laura McConville with the Centre of Excellence Award. INLM2512-132gc
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A teacher at Ceara School convicted of assaulting a pupil has been cleared on appeal.

Special needs teacher Laura McConville had been convicted earlier this year of an assault on a pupil at Dunnes Stores, Rushmere.

That conviction was quashed following an appeal hearing.

A representative for Ms McConville said the decision was welcome, adding: “If the conviction had stood I believe it would have adversely impacted on the willingness of teaching and classroom assistant staff in special needs schools to engage in extra curriculum activities outside the school.”