A foul-mouthed Aberdeen dad shouted “frightening” abuse at primary school staff in a row over bullying, a court has heard.
Michael Fowler called nursery and school teachers “c****” and told one to get their “f****** hand out of his f******* face” during the rumpus outside Mile End School in Aberdeen.
The 34-year-old shouted and swore in front of shocked parents dropping off their children at the Mid Stocket Road school and nursery on January 18 this year.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told that Fowler’s child had been the victim of bullying at the nursery and he and his partner didn’t feel their complaints were being properly handled.
Bullying ‘not properly dealt with’
Fiscal depute Andrew McMann said Fowler had become “frustrated” with the situation.
“The accused’s daughter attends at Mile End School nursery,” he said. “There’s an ongoing grievance where the accused was informed that his daughter was being bullied, which caused him frustration.
“He didn’t feel it was being dealt with appropriately at the time.”
He said Fowler was dropping his child off at the school gates on Raeden Park Road at around 7.50am and wanted to speak to staff at the nursery about the bullying complaint.
‘Instantly hostile and aggressive’
“He initially spoke with an early year practitioner and she described him as becoming instantly hostile and aggressive towards her,” the fiscal added.
“A senior early years practitioner was also present and she heard him shout “I’ll just wait here and kick his c*** in”.
“The accused was then described to continue to shout and swear at both employees and called them both a bunch of c****.
“He was repeatedly asked to stop shouting and swearing.
“Shortly after a depute headteacher at the school attended and the accused continued to be aggressive towards her.
“He shouted and swore that he would attack the father of the child involved.
“When the deputy head asked him to calm down he said ‘get your f****** hand out of my f****** face.’
“The members of staff were visibly shaken and upset by this behaviour.”
The court heard Fowler refused to calm down so the women walked away and left him at the school gates as they called police.
He left before police arrived but was later traced, cautioned and charged.
Fowler, who represented himself in court, admitted acting in a threatening or abusive manner towards the three women in the course of their employment and uttering abusive remarks and threats of violence.
Under ‘considerable stress’
In a letter to the court, the offshore worker told Sheriff Lesley Johnston that he’d been “under considerable stress” at the time.
In court he said he “accepts full responsibility for his actions” and stressed he had “no issues himself with the school”.
Sheriff Johnston told him: “This must have been a frightening incident for the staff and it happened when children were just arriving at the school for the day.
“Those people were acting in the course of their employment and they did not deserve to be spoken to in this way.”
She handed Fowler, of Rosemount Place, Aberdeen, 60 hours of unpaid work.
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