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Eaton Community College associate principal Grant Walton was ‘protecting students’ when he intervened in fight

The deputy principal returning to work after being stood aside over a physical altercation with a student says he was intervening to “stop a fight and to protect students”.

Eaton Community College’s Grant Walton has been off work as the Education Department investigated the way he handled a student while trying to break up an after-school fight in March.

Yesterday it was revealed Mr Walton would be able to return to the classroom today.

Mr Walton said he was “really, really happy” to be back in the classroom after what was a very “complicated and complex event”.

“I was there to intervene, to stop a fight and to protect students and ensure their safety,” he told The Today Show.

“Everything I did was about that.”

Video of the incident earlier this year showed Mr Walton pin a student down.

VideoAssociate principal Grant Walton was stood down by the school following the altercation as an investigation into the incident continues.

Under new guidelines teachers are allowed to use physical contact, but only as a last resort.

Thousands of parents and students petitioned to get Mr Walton re-instated.

Late yesterday they got their wish, with Education Department director general Lisa Rodgers wrapping the investigation.

She didn’t reveal if any sanctions had been imposed but said she looked forward to seeing Mr Walton back at work at a school he has been employed with for more than a decade.

Mr Walton said he didn’t believe his actions were over the top.

“You get training. You get told how to act and I certainly agree with the director general that intervening in a fight physically is a last resort,” he said.

“Sometimes you’re placed in a situation where you have to use your best judgement and the training you’ve had and the experience that you’ve had and make decisions in a very quick time.

“At the time I believed what I was doing was in the best interest of everyone there to keep them safe.”

Mr Walton said he was protecting students when he intervened in a shoolyard fight.Mr Walton said he was protecting students when he intervened in a shoolyard fight.
Camera IconMr Walton said he was protecting students when he intervened in a shoolyard fight.Picture: Supplied

There was a protest planned at the school this morning. Instead, that will now be a celebration.

Mr Walton says he was “humbled” and “overwhelmed” by the public support.

“I am very grateful for all the public support,” he told Sunrise.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support I have been given by the community.”

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