A newly-qualified teacher who admitted making a “stupid comment” about a student’s vagina has been banned from the profession.
Joshua Brandon Lewis also shot at pupils with a staple gun, placed one or more in a headlock, and pulled chairs from under students.
He resigned from Carlton-le-Willows Academy in Nottinghamshire in May 2018, after working there less than a year.
The Teaching Regulation Agency has now found he breached standards.
The “vagina” comment was made after one pupil described a drawing as looking like her friend’s vagina.
Mr Lewis said words to the effect of: “If your vagina looks like that, you’ve got a problem.”
Several pupils heard him making the comment and he admitted it when he was interviewed, saying “on reflection, it was a stupid comment”.
Mr Lewis, a maths teacher, joined the school in September 2017 when he was 23.
Complaints were first made only a few months later, in December, about him making inappropriate comments to female students.
The Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) asked him to attend a professional conduct panel but he did not do so. The hearing went ahead anyway and several allegations were proved.
These included dragging a pupil along the floor by his leg, causing a carpet burn to his left shoulder blade, firing staples at pupils from a staple gun, pulling chairs from under pupils so they fell to the ground and kicking a chair, causing a pupil to fall to the ground.
The TRA panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct, and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.