By Calvin Palmer
A science teacher was charged with attempted murder today after an incident at his school on Wednesday.
Peter Harvey, 49, of Mansfield, is accused of attacking 14-year-old Jack Waterhouse.
Harvey an experienced and well respected teacher, is said to have “snapped” and lost control after the teenager allegedly swore at him during a physics lesson.
It is believed he grabbed the nearest thing to hand, a measuring weight, and hit Waterhouse several times around the head.
Paramedics found the boy lying in a pool of blood at the entrance to the science block at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School in Mansfied, Nottinghamshire.
Waterhouse sustained serious head injuries and is in a stable condition at the Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham.
Nottinghamshire Police said Harvey will appear before magistrates tomorrow morning charged with attempted murder.
He is still being questioned about two assaults on a boy and a girl in the same class who tried to intervene.
Waterhouse, from Worksop, 15 miles away, was described by neighbours as a quiet, well-behaved boy. Friends have left messages of support for the teenager on the Internet.
Messages in defense of Harvey have also been posted. It is reported that he had only recently returned to the school after being off work for two months due to illness.