Saturday, 8 April 2017

Complaints about autistic boy being bullied not investigated

"David Wright, former Head of Schools at Edinburgh Council, began a five day hearing with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) yesterday."

"He faces allegations that he failed to investigate complaints and even lied to a family in a bid to protect his colleagues."

"It was revealed at the hearing that Mr Wright’s daughter was the head teacher’s business partner during the alleged incidents."

"And if the charges are found proven, he may be struck off and banned from the profession."

"The charge states that between September 2010 and June 2011, the parents of an autistic boy made seven complaints to their son’s school, all of which were referred to Mr Wright for investigation."

"The complaints include allegations of `inappropriate handling of Pupil A by members of teaching staff` and `bullying and discrimination of Pupil A by the head teacher`. "

"The first witness to be called at the hearing, held in Edinburgh, was the child’s father who remained anonymous for legal reasons. "

"He gave a statement claiming that on one occasion, the head teacher at his son’s school `dragged him through the school`."

"He also alleged that another teacher `pulled his son from under a desk as he clutched onto the table legs`."

"The father said that he spent four months asking for an `informal` investigation to take place - but nothing was done to get to the bottom of the allegations."

"It was only after submitting Freedom of Information requests that he found out the school was `deliberately withholding` documentation and reports." 

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