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EXCLUSIVE: Dad furious after girl, 11, has mouth Sellotaped by teacher

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

05/06/14 child has sellotape over her mouth Girl who had sellotape put over her mouth at William Allitt school....Elise and Marc Smith

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A CLASSROOM ‘chatterbox’ had her mouth taped shut by a teacher – because she wouldn’t stop talking.

Elise Smith, 11, was made to sit with Sellotape over her lips for about 15 minutes as a punishment.

Her furious father, Marc Smith, lodged a complaint with William Allitt School, the local education authority and watchdog Ofsted.

Now the Mail can reveal that although school governors have criticised the teacher’s actions as ‘misguided’, no further disciplinary action was taken.

It is understood he has since apologised to the pupil and her family.

Mr Smith spoke out about the incident after the school – in Sunnyside, Newhall – was recently placed into special measures following a damning Ofsted inspection report.

He said: “The children were all talking in class and were told to be quiet, but my daughter kept on talking.

“He should just have sent her out.

“You cannot lay a finger on children.”

Mr Smith, of Brunt Lane, Woodville, added: “I was at work when it happened, but my daughter told mewhen I got home and the next morning I went to the school.

“I was fuming.”

At the time of the incident, former head teacher Mike McCandless had to get both sides of the story and written statements from other pupils.

Mr Smith said he was angry that the teacher in question was never suspended and remains at the school.

He said: “The teacher apologised but has not been punished enough, in my opinion, because he didn’t get suspended and is still working at that school.

“I heard about teachers in another school doing it and they were suspended, so why not here?

“I would personally not want that teacher working at that school.

“I spoke to the county council and they went into the school and asked questions, and I reported it to Ofsted as well.

“I originally kept her out of school at the start but she was missing her friends.

“I was reluctant to send her back but I had to trust the school.”

Jean Mead, chairman of governors at William Allitt School, said: “The welfare of pupils is always our top priority.

“This was a misguided action rather than a malicious one.

“It happened in December last year. It shouldn’t have taken place under any circumstances – the teacher immediately regretted his actions and apologised.

“We worked alongside the local authority to carry out a thorough investigation and appropriate action was taken.”

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