MORE than 40 former pupils have come out in support of a deputy head teacher who has been banned from all classrooms for 'inappropriate behaviour' with pupils at a South Derbyshire school
Dozens of people from across the area bombarded the Mail's website and social networking sites with supportive messages after learning that Christopher Mallinson had been banned due to his behaviour while working at William Allitt, in Sunnyside, Newhall, from 1995 to when he left in 2013, by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
More than 16,500 people viewed the story on the Mail's website on Thursday.
Ryan Hogg said: "He was a great drama teacher.
"He had a whole different approach to teaching, which I liked about him.
"He was one blooming good drama teacher."
Adam Cole said: "This man stopped me walking out of school at one of the darkest times in my life.
"And the only way he managed that was because he acted as a friend, not as a teacher. He knew when to be each role.
"He could see through the bravado of kids, and see people for who they were.
"Such a genuine guy, and the only teacher I ever felt truly cared about his pupils and what they achieved."
Brealey James said: "He was the best teacher I had and was friendly.
"And he didn't have a bad bone in his body."
The ban was imposed after it was found that, despite warnings from his head teacher, the 57-year-old had 'displayed a pattern of inappropriate behaviour and failing to adhere to professional boundaries with pupils'.
Complaints against him included that he gave one girl a lift home in his car unaccompanied, kissed her on the forehead on one occasion, and made the comment to the head teacher about her 'loving him to bits'.