A Tranent parent threatened and hurled abuse at school staff after they had contacted him to inform him his step-daughter was not in class.
Owen Smith went to the town’s Ross High School to confront office staff following the phone call on April 12.
Smith (44) demanded the receptionist who had made the call be sacked, but ended up being arrested himself following his outburst.
Depute procurator fiscal Aiden Higgins told Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday last week that Smith was the step-father of the female pupil who attended Ross High.
Mr Higgins said: “The accused’s step-daughter had failed to attend registration class and a telephone call was made to the accused’s home saying pupil had not attended.
“The accused then telephoned the school and said ‘I’ve been telling you for years she does not go in for registration’.
“The accused then became abusive shouting ‘don’t you hang up on me’.
“He said he would get her [the receptionist] sacked and it was then he issued a threat saying he was going to come up to the school and ‘sort out’ the receptionist, who is a 51-year-old woman.”
Smith then turned up at the high school around one hour later and began shouting at members of staff.
He was heard to say ‘I want that b*tch sacked’, and ‘I’m going to sort it out myself’.
Worried school staff called the police and Smith was eventually traced to his home address where he told officers: “I don’t think it was anything to get lifted for.”
The court was told Smith was now attending an anger management course.
Smith, 64 Coalgate Avenue, had previously admitted to conducting himself in a disorderly manner and during repeated telephone calls to staff at the school did repeatedly shout, swear and utter a threat of violence towards the staff, and did attend at the school and repeatedly shout on April 12 when he appeared at the court in August.
Smith returned to court on Wednesday for sentencing, and Sheriff Pamela Bowman placed him on an Offenders Supervision Requirement for the next 12 months.
Sheriff Bowman said: “I think you concern yourself, you certainly concern me. You cannot do this.
“This is a serious matter and, taken along with your record, this could mean jail.
“But I really don’t think that would help to stop you doing this, so I will impose a community payback order with this supervision requirement.”
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