Father Jailed For Headbutting "Problem" Child's Headteacher

An angry dad who was called to collect his problematic child from Chesterton Community Sports College before headbutting the headteacher and telling him to "come down the park and I will finish you off", has been jailed for four months.

Shaun Pattyson, 28, has been jailed for four months after attacking his son's headteacher
Shaun Pattyson, 28, has been jailed for four months after attacking his son's headteacher

28-year-old Shaun Pattyson was called into the school by staff because of his child's unruly behaviour in class.


When Pattyson and his partner arrived at Chesterton Community Sports College, Staffordshire, the child was waiting outside the entrance to the school with headteacher Robert Swindells. Without warning or provocation, Pattyson headbutted Mr Swindells and punched him several times until he fell to the ground.


Pattyson had to be dragged off the headteacher by his partner, but before leaving he told Mr Swindells: "You went down like a sack of s***. Come down the park and I will finish you off."


The violent father was summoned before North Staffordshire Justice Centre, where he was sentenced to four months in prison.


Zaine Riaz, prosecuting, described the pupil as a "problem child". He said: "On May 9 they were disciplined and their phone was confiscated. The teacher contacted their parents to collect their child. He still had the confiscated phone.


"The headteacher and the child were outside the school when Pattyson arrived. He approached the headteacher. The defendant squared up to him placing his forehead against his and, without warning, he headbutted the headteacher. He began to repeatedly punch him and he kicked him."



The attack on the headteacher was captured on CCTV and the full incident was played to the court.


District Judge Kevin Grego told Pattyson: "You pleaded guilty to an offence of common assault on Mr Swindells on May 9. There had been problems at the school that morning. You and your partner had been contacted and were told the child was going to have to leave the school, at least for the day.


"Very shortly afterward, as seen on CCTV, you arrived. Mr Swindells and the child were on the steps. There was no verbal engagement. You simply walked up to him, caught his attention to turn to you and, in my judgment, in an utterly cowardly fashion, you caught him by headbutting him before he could react to your presence, and with such force he went to the ground. On the way down you punched him repeatedly.


"This happened on school premises in front of the child and in front of other students. Public servants need to have confidence that when they are victims of crime the court will impose appropriate punishment, and in this case, the only appropriate sentence is prison for four months."


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