Teachers caught calling pupils 'inbred' and 'thick' on Facebook
Published 13/10/2011 | 12:08
TEACHERS have angered parents after posting on Facebook that their children are 'inbred' and 'thick'.
An investigation has now been launched into the comments which are believed to have involved four teachers - including the head.
During a conversation on the social networking site another teacher is also claimed to have wrote that there was a 'massive queue' of the school's pupils in Poundland.
The three teachers from Westcott Primary School, Hull, as well as head teacher Debbie Johnson, appear to have been involved in a conversation during which teacher Nyanza Roberts referred to people in east Hull as "thick" and "inbred".
The school governors are heading the inquiry into the inappropriate remarks and have the authority to make the decision over what action to take.
According to parents, copies of the chat were later attached to fences in streets surrounding the 250-pupil school in protest about what was said.
The document sets out a conversation, apparently started by teacher Stuart Clark, in which he states he is "fed up of bumping into children in town".
During the conversation, "Nyanza Roberts" replies: "by town, do you mean top end of holderness road?
"That's bout as far anyone in east Hull goes.
"No wonder everyone is thick....inbreeding must damage brain development."
"Debbie Johnson" then says: "You're really on one today mrs... !! Xx.""Nyanza Roberts" replies: "Haha, I'm actually in a good mood.
"If anyone reading this is offended, then get a grip."
Another teacher "Jane Johnson" then says: "Massive queue of Westcott year 5/6 kids in poundland! x"
Parent Emma Bywood, 30, from Hull, who has two children at the school, said: "My son came home on Monday and I had to explain to him what inbred meant.
"I'm fuming, If he wasn't in Year 6, I would be taking him out of the school. But he is starting his SATs exams after Christmas."
Beckie White, 33, from Hull, has a nine-year-old daughter, Nina, who attends the school.
She said: "I know it's Facebook and it's out of school hours.
"But they have a responsibility. They know these things might be seen by people and, of course, parents will be hacked off. There should at least be an apology."
A mother, who did not wish to be named, said she is considering withdrawing her five-year-old child from the school.
She said: "I'm disgusted and disappointed.
"I feel let down by the people who are supposed to be role models for our children.
"I have lost confidence and respect for the teachers at the school.
"I have doubts about keeping my child at the school."
The part of the conversation that has concerned parents took place on Facebook on a Saturday afternoon and included eight short posts over a 90-minute period.
The latest Facebook row at Westcott Primary School is not the first time teachers have sparked controversy over social networking sites.
Dance teacher Michelle Vowles used Facebook last June to tell a 13-year-old Bridlington pupil she was kicked out of the dance school.
Grimsby teacher Sonya McNally, 37, was suspended in 2009 after calling teenagers in her class "bad" on Facebook.