A Queensland mother has been banned from her son’s former school for punching the principal and threatening to have him killed.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, erupted during a meeting with the head of the Gold Coast state high school last year, according to a recently published Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) decision.
During the August meeting, about issues with the student’s school laptop, the mother called the headmaster obscene names and shoved him in the chest, the tribunal was told in a December 2013 hearing.
A female deputy principal intervened but the furious mother pushed past her and punched the principal in the head three times.
When the principal tried to stop the woman taking her son from class, she struck him in the mouth in front of a number of students and threatened that her partner would come to school and kill him.
The Department of Education, Training and Employment was able to ban her from the school for two months and sought an order from QCAT to extend the ban to one year.
The woman’s teenaged son, who had already been suspended a number of times, has since gone to live with his father in another part of the state.
However, the tribunal heard he could re-enrol at the school if he returned to live with his mother.
QCAT Senior Member Clare Endicott banned the woman from entering school grounds for the maximum period of one year.
“I am satisfied … her presence at the school is likely to cause staff and students to have an apprehension of physical harm,” Ms Endicott said in her December decision, which was published on Monday.
“She demonstrated a complete lack of self control on 16 August 2013, a lack of respect for the principal, and a disregard for the harmful impact that her behaviour was having on her son and on other students.”