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You Don’t Warn Teachers Not to Have Sex With Their Students

June 15, 2013

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Can someone explain to me how a school invested with the responsibility of looking after the welfare of its students chose to warn a teacher 6 times not to be romantically involved with his student? Surely he should have been suspended straight away. Warnings are for late submissions of lesson planners or making a thoughtless comment in the classroom, not for having sex with your student!

Teacher Jeremy Forrest said a 15-year-old schoolgirl was lying about a sexual relationship when he spoke to his bosses, a court heard today.

The married teacher was challenged by assistant head Alicja Bobela, after pupils had raised suspicions with her, the jury heard.

Miss Bobela, responsible for child protection, said two schoolboys claimed the schoolgirl had told pals Forrest, 30, had been picking her up from work experience at another school.

Forrest was warned on six occasions about his relationship with the girl before being challenged by Miss Bobela Bishop at Bell CoE school, Eastbourne, East Sussex, on July 12 last year.

And he had twice been told to keep his distance and was banned from messaging her privately on Twitter, Lewes crown court heard.

Ms Bebola said: “He came to find me and he talked to me.

“He said that he did not know where this was coming from, ‘why was she telling people these lies,’ and what could he do, ‘why is she doing this to me?

“He meant the schoolgirl telling friends about what he was doing.”

 

Please click on the links to read two related posts on the same story:
Is Anybody Still Defending Jeremy Forrest?
Now that Jeremy Forrest is Arrested …
The Court System Should Deal Severely with Teachers Like This
Make an Example out of Jeremy Forrest
School Allegedly Turned a Blind Eye to Peter Forrest’s Relationship with Schoolgirl
Why Jeremy Forrest is Foolish and Megan Stammers is too Young

Is Anybody Still Defending Jeremy Forrest?

June 12, 2013

On trial: The girl was 14 at the time of the alleged kiss with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest (pictured today outside Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex)

 

I received a great deal of backlash for criticizing the motives and actions of Jeremy Forrest. In part the criticisms were founded, as he deserves to have a fair trial and the opportunity to defend himself. What may not have been founded were those that argued they were in love and that she was of legal age. The first argument is irrelevant and the second seems false as the latest revelations reveal that she may have been only 14 when Mr. Forrest first kissed her:

A schoolgirl who was allegedly abducted and taken to France by her teacher when police found out about their relationship has told how they first kissed in a classroom.

The girl was 14 at the time of the clinch with married 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest, which took place after they had been tweeting and texting regularly, a court heard.

In the days leading up to the kiss, the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she attended Bishop Bell Church of England School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, early specifically to see him.

In a videoed police interview played at Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex today, the girl, now 16, said: ‘I do remember being in his room and it was just me and him. He said “I really want to kiss you” and I said “I really want to”.

‘It got to the point where there was only so much of a friendship you could have before it developed into something else.’ She went on: ‘It ended up being in his classroom.’

As the relationship turned sexual two months later after she had turned 15, the girl said Forrest knew what the consequences would be for him – and that he could face prison.

She said in the interview, dated October 3 last year: ‘He told me that he didn’t want to take advantage of me, and I just didn’t have a problem with it any way.

‘It was what I wanted to do because of how much I liked him. I didn’t give it a second thought. Obviously I was worried about it and I spoke to my friends about it.’

She added: ‘He knew he would go to prison, lose his job and not work with children again, so he was aware and that made me feel better.

‘There was no naivety about it and it was what I wanted, and I probably encouraged it. We would bring it up and I would say ‘Yeah, I really want to’.’

The court has heard that police were alerted to their relationship following a tip-off.

 

Now that Jeremy Forrest is Arrested …

September 29, 2012

A number of readers have disagreed with, my stance on the Jeremy Forrest/Megan Stammers relationship. They believe that a 15-year old girl should be able to decide who she wants to form a relationship with and be able to act on those impulses in any way she chooses. Likewise, they believe that while it is not ideal for a teacher to be having a relationship with a student, he should be treated leniently, because one should not be punished for falling in love.

I disagree slightly with the first contention and vehemently with the second.

Lawmakers have to use generalisations when considering laws. Megan Stammers may be the most mature 15-year old on the planet, but the average 15-year old relies greatly on a parent/parents to fund their lifestyle, organise their daily events, counsel them during vulnerable times and help make important decisions in their life. As much as the public seems to enjoy a ‘love conquers all story’, a child of 15 is more likely than not going to be safer and better looked after by parents than a married math teacher double her age.

As for Jeremy Forrest, I feel that this is the time to let the public see loudly and clearly that teachers under no circumstances should be allowed to get involved with a student. The first thing a teacher who has designs on a student should do is resign immediately. The second thing he should do is to wait until that child is of legal age. There is a significant level of trust given to a teacher of children. This trust is slowly being eroded thanks to the daily news cycle of teachers who act without professionalism and integrity.

It is the task of the courts to determine whether or not Jeremy Forrest acted properly. If, as it seems, he didn’t, I hope the judge acts ruthlessly. It is time for our teachers to witness what happens when a fellow teacher abuses the trust that is handed to him in good faith.

Please click on the links to read two related posts on the same story:

School Allegedly Turned a Blind Eye to Peter Forrest’s Relationship with Schoolgirl

September 26, 2012

Let me start off by saying how surprised I am with the sympathy Peter Forrest is getting from readers. Not only did he cheat on his wife Emily, but he broke the number one commandment of teaching by behaving inappropriately with a student.  I am stunned that there are people who consider a relationship between a teacher and a student is healthy. I am equally stunned that they have no issue with the fact she is only 15. Would it be alright if she was 13, 10 or 5?

Now lets turn our attention to a school that seemingly refused to act when they had the chance. Bishop Bell C of E School allegedly allowed Peter Forrest to work for seven months after his relationship was brought to their attention. How can a school in today’s age be so inept?

The police were told as Bishop Bell C of E school in Eastbourne, the school Forrest taught at and Megan attended, also investigated their relationship.

Huge questions have been raised about how they dealt with the warnings after the Mail revealed they were warned seven months ago that something inappropriate was going on between the pair.

Students had seen them holding hands on a school trip to Los Angeles.

Headteacher Terry Boatwright has revealed that the school, the council, Megan’s parents and Sussex Police were working together when they went missing.

‘The school, in conjunction with the local authority, Megan’s parents, and the police had been addressing and investigating those concerns, in line with procedure, when this happened,’ he said.

The authorities involved are remaining silent on what exactly they were doing about the relationship.

The school, county council and police will not give details about their investigations, so it is not clear what action they were taking against Forrest or what Megan’s parents were told before they went on the run.

It has also been revealed that a child protection expert wrote to Education Secretary Michael Gove expressing concerns about the school’s protection policy.

Lucy Duckworth said they were ‘extremely hostile’ when she began asking questions about the issue but the school maintains it had a ‘robust’ safeguarding policy in place.

‘The policy does not commit to informing parents or the local authority of any suspected or known abuse. If there was a robust policy in place, the parents would be informed,’ she said.

‘What we found was there was a whole section on safe recruiting but very little on how to effectively protect children. I’m convinced that, had that policy been in place, the parents would have been able to make a decision on their prolonged contact and Megan would be with us.’

With a reaction as astoundingly pathetic as that, should we be surprised that this has happened before?

Parents at Megan Stammers’ school demanded an inquiry into its child protection procedures last night as more under-age sex scandals emerged at the Church of England comprehensive.

Incredibly, another teacher at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne was jailed three years ago for preying on teenage girls after grooming them on a social networking site.

In addition, a former chairman of governors at the same school is due to stand trial on alleged child sex offences next month. Some parents said their children were too scared to attend class after it was revealed how staff failed to remove married maths teacher Jeremy Forrest despite warnings that he was having a relationship with Megan seven months ago.

Robert Healy, a supply teacher at the school, was jailed in 2009 for sleeping with two girls aged 15 and 16 after grooming them on a social networking site. In a striking similarity to the Megan Stammers case, other pupils knew what was going on before he was caught.

Please click on the links to read two related posts on the same story:

Make an Example out of Jeremy Forrest

September 25, 2012

Catch him, and if he is found guilty, throw the book at him. His jail sentence should be long enough to serve as a deterrent for the entire teaching community:

Police hunting for runaway teenager Megan Stammers have released an image of her boarding a ferry to Calais in a car driven by her married maths teacher.

The 15-year-old schoolgirl, who has not been seen since last week, was caught on camera in the passenger seat of a dark Ford Fiesta, as she caught a ferry to the Continent with Mr Forrest, 30, from Dover last Thursday.

This afternoon, as Megan’s anxious mother and step-father made an emotional appeal for her safe return, it emerged that the schoolgirl had been receiving after-school tuition from Mr Forrest prior to her disappearance.

She is said to have arrived in France with Forrest after it was disclosed she had sent a message to a friend, but police conducting a cross-Channel search fear the pair could have travelled further into Europe.

Estranged Danielle Wilson and Martin Stammers tearfully told a press conference of their shock that Megan fled the country in secret with Forrest – who had said online their forbidden love had ‘hit me like heroin’.

Detectives have admitted they do not know the pair’s current location, but today released the image of the teacher and pupil boarding a ferry last week.

Click on the link to read Now that Jeremy Forrest is Arrested …

The Court System Should Deal Severely with Teachers Like This

September 24, 2012

I want the courts to be ruthless on teachers that misuse their position and have relationships with their students. How dare they take a position of trust and use it to lure impressionable children!

The devastated family of a schoolgirl who ran away to France with her married teacher yesterday pleaded with her to ‘come home safe’.

Megan Stammers, 15, boarded a Channel ferry with maths teacher Jeremy Forrest, 30, after he spent months grooming her on Twitter to escape on an ‘adventure’ with him.

As British and French police launched a hunt for the pair, Megan’s father  Martin Stammers last night told the Daily Mail: ‘It’s been hell. We have no idea where she is.

‘The whole family has been rallying together and we’ve been working closely with the police. We just want her home safe.’

Mr Stammers, who teaches at the sister school of Forrest’s, pleaded on his Facebook page: ‘Come home safe my beautiful daughter xx.’

His plea came as neighbours of Forrest claimed he was prone to aggressive outbursts during domestic disputes with his wife.

Click on the link to read Now that Jeremy Forrest is Arrested …

Click on the link to read Make an Example out of Jeremy Forrest

Click on the link to read School Allegedly Turned a Blind Eye to Peter Forrest’s Relationship with Schoolgirl

Click on the link to read Why Jeremy Forrest is Foolish and Megan Stammers is too Young

Click on the link to read Useful Resources to Assist in Behavioural Management

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