East York Principal charged with assaulting student

A principal from an East York elementary school is now facing an assault charge, after allegedly losing his cool, while dealing with an unruly student.

Police say it started on September 19th, with an "altercation" between two students, during recess at Chester Elementary School near Pape and Cosburn.

When the principal moved in to break up the fight, the victim allegedly started throwing objects and spitting towards the principal.

But that's when police alleged Sean Hume, pushed the 9-year-old boy, stomped him and kicked him in the head.

The Grade 5 student suffered only minor injuries.

The boy told his parents, and they called in police who started their investigation on September 25th.

Hume turned himself in to Police on October 3rd.

The school board sent home the following letter to parents.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Earlier today, Toronto Police charged Sean Hume, Principal of Chester ES, with one count of assault. The charge stems from an incident involving a student that occurred on school grounds last month. Shortly after the incident was reported, Mr. Hume was placed on home assignment. He will remain there, pending outcome of the matter.

While it is important to remember that laying criminal charges does not constitute guilt, and that a person is innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law, we also cannot and do not take these allegations lightly. The safety of students is a top priority at the TDSB and we are committed to enforcing policies about their well-being.

We know that this situation may be upsetting for some students and will ensure that supports are in place for them. TDSB staff is available to the school to help students with any questions or concerns they might have.

Thank you in advance for your understanding. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.