In 2011, the 26-year-long teaching career of Stephen Krix came to a close.
Krix, who taught high school science in New South Wales, didn’t retire – he was fired. On Sunday, the student who is viewed as at least partially responsible for Krix’s firing spoke to the Telegraph about the incident.
The student is Jarrad O’Hanlon. In 2011, Hanlon was listening to headphones throughout one of Krix’s science lessons. Krix asked Hanlon to remove his headphones, but the student refused. O’Hanlon told Krix to “f**k off” several times. Then, Krix moved towards the student and insisted he take off his headphones. O’Hanlon not only refused to do so, but proceeded to punch Krix when he wouldn’t back away from his desk.
Krix retaliated to O’Hanlon’s punch. The teacher insists he only did so in order to defend himself, but the New South Wales (NSW) Industrial Relations Commission doesn’t see it that way. They say Krix violated a policy forbidding teachers from making contact with students.
When asked by the Telegraph about Krix’s firing, O’Hanlon says he feels no remorse for his actions.
"I don't feel bad because he started it," O'Hanlon said. "He provoked it."
When the Telegraph asked O’Hanlon to elaborate on his claim that Krix provoked the incident, he declined, saying “I don’t want any part of it.”
Krix fought his firing in an appeal to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, but his attempt was unsuccessful.
Records show the altercation between O’Hanlon and Krix was not the first of its kind. O’Hanlon was suspended for four days in February of 2011 after calling Krix a “f***twit” three times and giving him a “very hard” push to the chest.
When asked about his feelings toward O’Hanlon, Krix says the teenagers brazen attitude should be expected.
"He's never been taught boundaries,” Krix said. "I have no anger towards Jarrad because he's just taking advantage of the rules of the game. No significant action has ever been taken against him. I don't see asking a student to do his work as provocation… it's me doing my job."