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England: Headteacher banned after ‘she didn’t disclose relationship with sex offender’

[birminghammail.co.uk – 2/6/19]

A headteacher has been banned from the country’s classrooms after she failed to disclose her relationship with a sex offender.

Caroline Riley, 54, dishonestly failed to reveal the courtship while she was head teacher at George Betts Primary School in Smethwick.

She took over as head in 2009 and a Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) disciplinary panel found that the following year, despite advice to the contrary, she failed to disclose the relationship.

The disciplinary panel also heard she misled an investigation into the situation by saying she was advised there was no reason to disclose that she had a relationship with the offender. It also heard she failed to demonstrate insight into how her relationship with the offender impacted on her role as headteacher – and that she had acted dishonestly.

The panel found that in acting as she had, she was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct that could bring the teaching profession into disrepute.

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  1. Eric

    So does she bring him to the school? Does she take students home to her house where he might be? Of course not. I wonder if teachers are required to disclose a relationship to someone who once had a drug offence, an arson offense, burglary, domestic violence. Of course not.

    • Facts should matter

      This is how warped society has become. The mob outrage consensus is that an individual has a character flaw and integrity issue from even having contact with a sex offender. It’s guilt by association on steroids.

      It’s SCARY how this is now commonplace. They outrage and PC culture have won.

      • Will Allen

        I agree. And I’m very tired of these poor baby snowflakes who obviously don’t have enough real problems. They can cry and whine about the tiniest little issues and how they need big government to help them “fix” it and get them through life. It’s why we have Registries.

        I do think the Registries should be attacked as being supported only by dumb, uninformed, un-American rubes and people who have to feel PC. I truly believe that is the case too. Enlightened people do not support the Registries. Cavepeople do.

        All that outrage and PC crap are exactly what I can’t support the #metoo movement even 1%. I’m sure that some part/percentage of that has some good merit and is quite legitimate. But because people are literally insane and “need” big government hit lists, F all of #metoo.

        Lastly, I really worry that many or most of the newer, younger, “progressive” politicians (which there will be more and more of) really do support these insane people. For example, I think I like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, although I will admit I know nearly nothing of her ideas and policies. But I’ve seen/read some things (e.g. Washington Post) about her that seem to indicate that she thinks that people who are cisgendered should acknowledge that they are privileged over others! She might be insane. Our country may be losing its tiny, collective mind.

        • New York Level 1

          Cisgendered people do enjoy priveleges that genderqueer and transgender people do not face. That doesn’t make cis people bad, it just makes them responsible for meaningfully acknowledging that. It just means cis people need to be better allies.

        • Will Allen

          New York Level 1 (February 8, 2019):

          How about people mind their own business and not worry about how I gender-identify and I’ll do the same?

          And of course, being listed on the Registries means that I have no obligation to worry about anyone else’s problems. I’m free. People who support the Registries deserve problems.

        • New York Level 1

          Will Allen,

          That would be great, except cis people keep, you know, discriminating against and persecuting trans and genderqueer people.

          You don’t have to sorry about that, since you’re cis. Every single genderqueer and trans person have the burden of knowing there are some cis people out there who feel they should die, and many, many more cis people who won’t pay attention.

  2. USA

    Very disturbing? Medical license denied because husband arrested 15 years ago? Attorney license revoked because cousin was arrested 10 years ago? Accounting license revoked or fired from a job because your cousins uncles brothers friend of a friend recently arrested? This is disgusting! She will file a lawsuit, win and her reputation is now destroyed! She will win and win big! I’m appalled!

    • AJ

      @USA:
      I think your keyboard may be pregnant…it keeps missing periods. (Or perhaps I should have said “periods?”)

  3. Chris f

    Wait until they find out that she also didn’t voluntarily disclose what she masterbates too and what her and little Freddy Fastfingers did behind that big tree on the playground back in 4th grade. You know…since she must voluntarily disclose anything from her non work life that could be found appalling to her bosses.

  4. Will Allen

    It is a very simple fact that literally any “headteacher” or other teacher could be in a relationship with someone who has committed 100 times as many $EX crimes as this targeted guy did. Simple fact. Wouldn’t it be great if education “professionals” had enough brains to figure that out? Nah, they prefer pretending and theater instead of actually doing something productive.

    Banning this one teacher will do jack squat to change the risk level of anyone. Might make the “$EX offender” ACTUALLY dangerous, though, I have certainly seen that. Maybe he’ll retaliate by murdering someone. We’ve certainly seen that.

    Meh, who would want to work for such an employer anyway? If I were this teacher, I’d thank the school for letting me know that they are dipsh*ts and scumbags. Then I’d stay away from them forever. And keep my money and any other support away from them as well. Let their “education” fall into the abyss by itself, LOL.

    I have personally known a great teacher and her Registered husband forever. The teacher has always listed her personal address somewhere other than any address that the husband Registered. She taught for well over a decade. Had students around her husband many, many times, all over the place. No one ever knew. Still don’t. She’s retired now.

    THAT is how Registries “work”. They make law abiding people do annoying things just to go around them. While anyone who want to commit crimes just does. But the Registries do keep big government big. And give people make-work jobs and make some people rich.

  5. Timothy

    Yet another onerous iteration of the database!! GUILT BY ASSOCIATION! LIBERTY DEPRIVATION BY ASSOCIATION. Here a database, there a database everywhere a database who can say?

  6. Why bother

    So even knowing someone on the registry can jeopardize your future. So I guess a sex offense is no considered a contagious disease, like HIV.

  7. Bruce Ferrell

    It’s called guilt by association… Should she go to the high court, on that basis alone, she’ll win.

  8. USA

    The bottom line is that firing someone because of their relationship is Discrimination! You guys and note the laws/case studies and what not, but fact is fact. I’m rather disappointed when we are responding to a blog and people not grammar or punctuation errors? If we held one another to higher standard, none of us would be on the registry? Hmmm

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