The Hunter teacher who previously plead guilty to assaulting a student has had his conviction overturned.
Michael Kable was teaching a classroom of teenagers at Maitland Grossmann High School in March when he admitted he snapped and punched a student – the court heard the teenagers had notorious behavioural issues.
They filmed as they pelted the 63-year-old casual teacher with objects.
Nine Media reports that Judge Peter McGrath said the teacher was the “subject of extreme provocation” and dropped the convictions.
Mr Kable’s lawyer said he had been scared to leave the house and suffered severe anxiety after the incident that cost him his job.
Character references also described Mr Kable as “efficient and caring” – it’ll be up to the Department of Education to decide if he’s re-employed.