Teachers

Teacher shakes baby so hard it caused brain to bleed (you guessed it, still registered)

Unbelievable. A teacher who shook a baby so hard it caused a brain bleed is still registered.

A teacher who shook his baby boy so violently the child suffered a brain bleed will be allowed to keep his registration.

The man, whose name is suppressed, was referred to the Education Council after a conviction for injuring with reckless disregard in December last year.

A New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal decision said the incident occurred in May 2014, when the father was at home caring for his three-year-old and six-month-old baby, while his wife worked.

The baby boy was unsettled due to a change in routine following a holiday, and was refusing to sleep or drink from a bottle, causing the man signification stress.

“The Defendant out of frustration lost his self control,” the decision read. “He picked the victim up with both hands raising the victim above his head. He then began shaking the victim with enough force to cause the victim’s body to stiffen before flopping into unconsciousness.”

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Dope-growing teacher still registered

We’ve been told that Charter Schools and the government put children at risk because there isn’t a mandatory requirement for registration. The teacher unions and Labour tell us that kids need protection and teacher registration is the way to protect them.

And every week we are presented with headlines about teachers before the courts or the tribunal for offences…like drug cultivation.

A Northland relief teacher who was caught growing cannabis has kept his registration after renouncing the drug.

Colin James White, 61, was convicted of cultivating cannabis in December 2014 after police found cannabis growing in his backyard.

Police were visiting the home where White lives with his ex-wife on an unrelated matter when they found four plants growing in a tunnel house in between tomato plants.

A search inside the house revealed two containers with 738 cannabis seeds hidden behind a skirting board and a small amount of dried cannabis.   Read more »

Named, jailed, struck off

It’s taken a lot of effort, including having to get rid of the old Teachers’ Council, but we’re finally putting the children ahead of sexual predator teachers.

A teacher who was jailed for sexually abusing one of her young students has been struck off the teachers’ register.

Stacey Reriti, 31, was late last month sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after she was found guilty of seven sexual assault charges over her three-year relationship with the schoolboy while he was a student at her school.

The boy was 10-years-old when the offending began.

Education Council conduct manager Andrew Greig says the fact Reriti has been struck off the register means it’s unlikely she’ll ever be able to teach again.

“Parents need assurance people like Reriti will never again be near children in an education setting,” he said.

“Reriti grossly abused the unique position of trust teachers are in. It is entirely inappropriate for her to be a teacher ever again.”

A legal process must be followed to strike someone off the register and Mr Greig said this was fast-tracked in Reriti’s case. Read more »

Public servants are leaving Auckland in droves, but nobody dares speak the real reason

One of the many unfortunate consequences of Auckland’s grossly over-priced housing is the barrier it presents to people moving to the city.

New Zealanders in other parts of the country have to lower their sights considerably to sell their house and buy one in Auckland.

Conversely, Aucklanders will be wary of moving to another centre unless they can afford to keep their Auckland property.

There is logic, therefore, in a proposal from Auckland school principals, which we reported last Sunday, to pay teachers a premium to work in the city.

A survey of 157 principals found a third were confident they could make appropriate appointments to vacancies in their schools.

The reason was not just the difficulty of finding enough teachers willing to move to Auckland but of keeping those who were here.

Those saving for a house could buy one much sooner if they moved out of Auckland.

If they owned a modest house in Auckland it was tempting to sell up and buy something better in a smaller town for the same price. In three of the surveyed primary schools, there were no less than 28 vacancies at the start of this month to replace teachers who had resigned.

The highest turnover is in schools in Auckland’s areas of highest wealth and half those who resigned had left the city. Read more »

Scumbag teachers holding on to Novopay overpayments facing debt collectors

Call in the debt collectors.

These ratbag teachers have had two years to pay back their over-pay. They are essentially stealing from their employer.

The Government is preparing to again call in debt collectors to chase school staff who were overpaid during the Novopay crisis.

The minister responsible for the system, Steven Joyce, says $1.8 million is still owed by 1960 people who haven’t made any arrangements to pay it back.

The use of debt collectors was suspended in March 2013 and Mr Joyce says the vast majority of those who had been overpaid were happy to work out repayment arrangements.    Read more »

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How does a total psycho like this actually become a teacher?

This woman is a serious bunny boiler…how did she ever get to be a teacher…oh wait…registration, it protects the kids.

A female former teacher accused of sexual offending against a Wellington boy gave him a cell phone and the pair exchanged X-rated text messages, a court was told.

She threatened to post pictures of the boy’s “private parts” online when the boy wasn’t replying to her or answering her calls, the boy claims.

The woman, whose name is suppressed, is on trial in the High Court at Wellington this week facing charges of doing indecent acts, unlawful sexual connection and sexual violation.

She is accused of kissing the boy and having oral sex between 2011 and 2014, in the northern Wellington suburb of Porirua.

Today the trial jury was played a DVD interview with the boy, who is now in his mid-teens.

He said the woman gave him a phone and the pair would text and she would call.    Read more »

It’s OK, he’s registered

The teacher’s unions and the opposition all tell us that registration for teachers must be compulsory, and that is for the protection of children…and as a result Charter Schools must be opposed because kids are at risk because there is no compulsory registration.

But every week there is yet more evidence of the lack of protection that registration supposedly provides.

A Wanganui teacher facing rape and sexual connection charges was allowed back to do some work at the school last month, prompting the Ministry of Education to step in.

The man, who has interim name suppression, has pleaded not guilty to rape of a female over 16, two counts of having an unlawful sexual connection, and two counts of breaching a protection order.

The sexual charges are not against children.

The ministry advised the school he should not be working at the school at this time.

“Our staff received two anonymous complaints early in September and talked to the principal, and asked the school to deal with the complaints,” ministry head of sector of enablement and support Katrina Casey said.    Read more »

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Registered, rooting, and now sacked

Labour and the teacher unions keep on telling us that Charter Schools should be forced to have all their teachers registered. It is to protect the kids they say.

Yet almost every week another teacher is up on charges for some sort of crime, usually against their pupils…and they are all registered…so you do have to wonder if registration really works.

A newly-graduated Waikato teacher who had a three-month sexual relationship with a student during which they exchanged 8000 texts has been thrown out of the profession.

Kelsey Rebekah Allen, 24, was a physical education and health teacher at Morrinsville College in 2014 when she entered into a relationship with an 18-year-old student. She was censured and stripped of her teacher registration on Wednesday by the New Zealand Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

The relationship, revealed by the student’s jilted school-aged girlfriend, involved kissing, oral sex and sexual intercourse.

A sample of risque texts sent from Allen to the student from August 1 to November 15, 2014 were presented to the tribunal.

“Of course I was going to fall for you.. Why wouldn’t I! You’re incredible you are so hot.. Everytime I see you I just wanna kiss you …,” read one text.    Read more »

Bunny boilers are also registered to teach

On the plus side, at least she was registered and the kids were safe…oh wait. And if one lot of unsuitable teachers per day isn’t enough, how would you like this one with your kids?

A senior teacher has landed in trouble after accusing a junior colleague of having an affair with her husband during several “emotionally heightened” states.

The Teachers Council’s complaints assessment committee said the teacher, who has name suppression, threatened her colleague’s children and confronted her about the alleged affair in front of school kids.

The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal heard the senior teacher’s psychological health declined after a near-death experience with a kidney disorder she was diagnosed with when travelling abroad.

The senior teacher, who had more than 30 years’ experience in the profession, was given cortico-steroids after being diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome.

The Tribunal said these drugs were linked to unpleasant side-effects including hair loss, mood swings, depression and even “psychosis”.

The teacher went back to work last March. In hindsight, she was still physically and psychologically unwell at this time, the Tribunal said.

In March last year, the senior teacher confronted her husband about “intimate” text messages between her husband and another person.

Disharmony soon followed, and the couple temporarily lived apart.

Soon, the senior teacher identified a friend and colleague as the other party in the intimate texts.

The complaints assessment committee said the senior teacher “genuinely and with cause” believed an affair was going on.

The situation escalated, with the senior teacher confronting her colleague several times in March, April and May. Read more »

Another registered kiddy fiddler

The teaching profession is really giving the Catholic Church a run for its money in the kiddy fiddling stakes.

Yet another presumably registered teacher, or in this case a teacher aide, is before the courts. So much for registration protecting children.

A teacher aide at a Nelson school created a fake Facebook account under a female name to sexually groom a learning-impaired 14-year-old student, whom he kissed and wrote love letters to.

The man, who has interim name suppression, pleaded guilty in the Nelson District Court on Monday to a charge of meeting a young person after sexual grooming.

A police investigation found that the 33-year-old used Facebook and “love letters” to groom the young girl, who has an intellectual age of 10. He kissed her, held her hand and shared a bed in a motel with her.

He was remanded on bail to appear for sentencing on September 15.

The man started at an unnamed Nelson school as a teacher aide at the start of the year.

He was the primary aide for another student but met his victim, a 14-year-old girl, in the classroom.

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