Special school head called pupil ‘poo-ey pants’ in ‘horrifying’ Whatsapp message

The former headteacher of a special needs school who referred to a student as "poo-ey pants" and made references to "licking windows" in Whatsapp messages will be allowed to continue in the profession.

Genevieve Hyde also made derogatory references to staff members, including calling one "Fatty Whiplash", CheshireLive reports..

Hyde, who was in charge at Wargrave House School and Specialist College in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, when she also posted a reference to a "crayon-eating motherf***er" in the private message group.

She was sacked after an internal investigation, and a professional conduct probe said she had "created and nurtured an environment whereby staff were at liberty to be extremely offensive towards other staff members and a student".

But despite the shocking WhatsApp messages, the Teaching Regulation Agency has said she should be allowed to continue in the teaching profession

The watchdog has now published its findings and said Hyde’s conduct demonstrated a "lack of integrity" and that she was overall guilty of unacceptable conduct.

According to the report, on December 31 2018 she sent a message which said: "Not every r****d can read, but look at you go, little buddy. I don’t care if you lick windows, or f*** farm animals. You hang in there cupcake, because you’re f***ing special to me, and you’re my friend.

"Look at you smiling at your phone, you crayon eating mother f****r!"

The report stated that Ms Hyde admitted sending the messages, which were sent to the deputy head of education and assistant head of education of the school.

Hyde also passed confidential information to someone who went on to get a job at the school, and "shared some of the 'buzz words' that she believed that the school’s trustees would like to hear during the interview process".

While she disputed that she'd done anything to give the candidate an unfair advantage, she "could understand why the messages might be interpreted in that way", according to the panel's report.

Concluding, the panel said she'd made "full and frank admissions at the earliest possible stage about the factual elements of her misconduct".

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It added she'd "previously had an excellent teaching record" since qualifying in 1994 and that up until this point it was "unblemished".

But it said it recognised that her attempts to "raise issues relating to both her workload and her particular difficulties with her line manager" had not resulted in her getting "sufficient support" for the "struggles she was facing" at the time of the misconduct.

The report concluded: "The findings of misconduct are serious, and the conduct displayed would be likely to have a negative impact on Ms Hyde’s status as a teacher, potentially damaging the public perception.

"In particular, Ms Hyde’s comments referring to a student with health issues as 'pooey pants' would frankly horrify a parent whose child attends a special school, and the wider implications of the lack of respect amongst the school’s education leaders, together with the unfair recruitment of (a staff member) would negatively impact the public’s perception of the profession.

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"The panel therefore found that Ms Hyde’s actions constituted conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute. Having found the facts of particulars of all of the proved, the panel found that Ms Hyde’s conduct amounted to both unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute."

The panel found Ms Hyde had "expressed sincere remorse and disappointment" and was convinced she was "deeply ashamed" of her actions.

But the report said a prohibition order would "deprive the public of her contribution" and concluded that publishing the findings of the report was "proportionate" and "in the public interest".

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