Teacher Accused of Firing Golf Balls, Rocks at Kids

Scottish students allege 15 charges of violence
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2011 5:27 PM CST
A Scottish teacher is accused of lining up students and hurling golf balls at them.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Former students say he lined them up against a wall and fired golf balls at them. And then rocks. And tossed them in rivers. James McMenemy, a former teacher at the Kerelaw school for troubled kids in Scotland, is facing 15 charges of violence against students in a competency hearing, the Daily Mail reports. "I had cuts and burns from where I was dragged to the floor," said a former student of an alleged fight with McMenemy. "There was no point complaining because this happened all the time."

"It wasn't just McMenemy, but a lot of them," he went on. "I didn't think it was right but I was only a wee guy. " A Glasgow city councilor said she saw inappropriate use of force when she visited the school. "There was an air in the senior management of 'This is Kerelaw, we do things our own way.' They covered for each other." The school closed in 2006 amid some 400 allegations of bullying and child abuse; one former art teacher was sentenced to 10 years for physical and sexual abuse of students.

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