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Stirling primary teacher accused of attacking pupil

A teacher has gone on trial accused of attacking and injuring a girl in his primary six class over a six-month period.

Christopher Scott, 33, is accused of injuring the girl, then aged 10, by assaulting her on various occasions at the Stirling county school.

The attacks are alleged to have started when he arrived at the school in September 2010.

Mr Scott, from Braco in Perth and Kinross, denies the charge.

Stirling Sheriff Court heard the teacher was accused of assaulting the girl by pulling her by the arm and twisting her arm behind her.

The single charge also alleges that he pushed her on the body, twisted the skin on her arms and seized her by the arm on various occasions between 3 September 2010 and 10 March 2011.

Teacher 'monitored'

He is then said to have struck her on the arm, and tripped her up by her foot whereby she fell to the ground. All of this is said to have been to her injury.

In evidence, the headteacher said Mr Scott had been brought into the school because of rising class sizes.

She said: "All I knew about him when he arrived was that he was returning from a period of sickness and I was to monitor how he was settling into the school."

The headteacher told the court the alleged victim - who cannot be named for legal reasons - had been at the school since nursery, and that she knew her "fairly well".

She said the girl's behaviour had gone downhill from October of 2010, one month after Mr Scott arrived.

'Very emotional'

"Her behaviour had changed from being a little bit moody to full escalation of not complying.

"It amounted to her not following the teacher's instructions, sitting on the cupboard, banging her heels and leaving the class before it finished," she said.

"When it came to December 2010 she was very emotional and very tearful. This continued through January."

She said that the girl also became difficult in PE, a class which was taken half of the time by Mr Scott.

When the headteacher was asked if there were any concern expressed by pupils about Mr Scott, she replied: "Yes there were". She was not asked to expand further.

The trial continues.

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