A raging school litter picker grabbed a 13-year-old boy and told him he would break his neck after he kicked an apple, a court has heard.
Andrew Griffiths, 58, was working as a supervisor in the playground of The Chase School in Malvern, Worcestershire, when he assaulted the teenager.
He grabbed him by his his tie and jumper after the boy refused to pick up pieces of an apple he had just kicked and broken apart.
Griffiths admitted assault by beating following the incident on September 27 last year.
The boy did not suffer any visible injuries, with the incident being immediately reported to a teacher.
Eleanor Peart, prosecuting, said: "The complainant kicked the apple towards the bin. The defendant proceeded to grab him by the neck and pulled him around and said 'pick the apple up or I will break your neck'.
"The complainant kicked the apple towards the bin. The defendant proceeded to grab him by the neck and pulled him around and said 'pick the apple up or I will break your neck'."
Ian Parsons, defending, said Griffiths was "feeling down" and "quite frankly fed up" when he saw the boy "drop-kick" the apple towards the bin.
He told the court: "[Griffiths] makes the mistake then of grabbing the lad around the collar area. The clip tie came off as part of this."
"He denies making any sort of threat to break the neck. He denies that full stop. The same day he handed in his resignation."
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The court heard that Griffiths undertook litter picking as part of his role as a playground supervisor, which saw him wearing a high visibility yellow tabard.
He had taken the position after being turned down from a teaching assistant role.
Magistrates fined him £323, ordered him to make a contribution to costs of £100 and pay a victim surcharge of £34.
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