Parent smeared head of school

Worcester News: Parent smeared head of school Parent smeared head of school

A HEADTEACHER was repeatedly harassed by a parent of a pupil, who even spread false rumours that he had sexually abused her daughter.

The headteacher, Phil Jackson, described the effects of the harassment as worse than finding out he had cancer.

Teresa Hughes sent a handwritten letter to Mr Jackson, headteacher of Lyppard Grange Primary School in Warndon Villages, Worcester, before bombarding the school’s phone with messages. Worcester Magistrates Court was told the harassment started when Hughes’s daughter asked to speak to Mr Jackson.

Leslie Ashton, prosecuting, said it started when the girl asked to speak to Mr Jackson before school started on Tuesday, June 11 last year.

She said: “Mr Jackson was in the school playground welcoming students into the school when the girl approached him saying she wanted to speak to him and he said he would find her later and she went off. Then Teresa came up to him two minutes later, raised both her arms in the air, and then walked away.”

Later that day, a letter arrived for the headteacher, who had been at the school since 2009, which stated Hughes, of Peabody Avenue, felt used. He was described as finding it confusing and showed it to the deputy head who contacted the authorities and alerted the school governors.

Two days later, there was a meeting held by staff and governors at the school, in Ankerage Green, who sent a reply to the 39-year-old.

On Friday, June 14, a number of messages were left on the school’s phone - some were stating her daughter would not be returning to school, some accused the school of wanting her child to leave, and another was described as being incoherent, before a final message which said she had spoken to her daughter who did not want to leave the school and they would be returning as they did not want to let them “get away with it”.

Mr Rogers has a daughter in the same class as Hughes’ daughter and saw her outside of the Tesco superstore.

“She said ‘don’t tell anyone but Mr Jackson has been suspended’ and when he asked why, she whispered, ‘for touching’.

“These were malicious unfounded allegations against the teacher that have had an affect on him. The allegations have caused him such a huge amount of stress that he likened it to when he was diagnosed with cancer,” Ms Ashton added.

In mitigation, Mark Lister said this was an unusual offence and Hughes had a good character.

He said: “Something was going on in Teresa Hughes’ mind during that time.”

Judy Hulland, chairman of the magistrates at Worcester Magistrates Court, where Hughes appeared on Monday, March 10, adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports to be collected until a sentence hearing on Monday, March 31.

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3:19pm Wed 12 Mar 14

MJI says...

What a sick thing to do!

Trying to ruin someones career.
What a sick thing to do! Trying to ruin someones career. MJI
  • Score: 23

3:38pm Wed 12 Mar 14

fedupwithitall says...

so why is it we get to see the picture of the innocent guy and not the knob who caused all the problems.... seems unfair to me
so why is it we get to see the picture of the innocent guy and not the knob who caused all the problems.... seems unfair to me fedupwithitall
  • Score: 47

3:44pm Wed 12 Mar 14

The Villan says...

fedupwithitall wrote:
so why is it we get to see the picture of the innocent guy and not the knob who caused all the problems.... seems unfair to me
Absolutely.

I hope once sentence has been passed a photograph of Teresa Hughes is published in the paper. This is a terrible thing for this woman to do and to use the old excuse about her 'mind' is just to gain sympathy.

She could have ruined this gentleman's career.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithitall[/bold] wrote: so why is it we get to see the picture of the innocent guy and not the knob who caused all the problems.... seems unfair to me[/p][/quote]Absolutely. I hope once sentence has been passed a photograph of Teresa Hughes is published in the paper. This is a terrible thing for this woman to do and to use the old excuse about her 'mind' is just to gain sympathy. She could have ruined this gentleman's career. The Villan
  • Score: 31

7:10pm Wed 12 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

WE NEED A BAD BUTCH LAW (or more properly an ANTI MAD BUTCH LAW) so the guy could have got her done before she went as MAD BUTCH as she ended up... Child in Care, no mum? I'd be inclined towards a short sharp jail sentence but 3 years minimum if it wasn't for the kid (but that's the core issue)... I dunno but another NATIONAL INSULT to WORCESTER...
WE NEED A BAD BUTCH LAW (or more properly an ANTI MAD BUTCH LAW) so the guy could have got her done before she went as MAD BUTCH as she ended up... Child in Care, no mum? I'd be inclined towards a short sharp jail sentence but 3 years minimum if it wasn't for the kid (but that's the core issue)... I dunno but another NATIONAL INSULT to WORCESTER... PrivateSi
  • Score: -8

8:05pm Wed 12 Mar 14

CarlWPF says...

None of us can ever truly guess what might be going on in someone's troubled mind. The person who jumps in front of a train causing misery for passengers caught up in delays or in this case, the parent who made unfounded and malicious accusations against a fantastic head teacher. Was she seeking attention? Was she nursing a grudge because her child was not chosen for the lead role in school play which led to a totally unjustified and disproportionate thirst for revenge? Of course I have a huge amount of sympathy for the Head. He, his staff and the governors have acted professionally and with dignity throughout this whole incident. There is also a child at the heart of this story whose welfare has to take precedence. It is not her fault that her mother chose the course of action that she set in train.

What is required now is a calm and informed resolution, this is why the judicial system has paused to collect further information and to determine what is in the best interests for everyone, particularly the daughter. Splashing her mother's face all over the papers is hardly going to be in the best interests of the child. Mr Jackson, whilst he has undoubtedly been through an ordeal that no public servant shoud endure has the support of his staff, governors, pupils and parents. He can hold his head high. I cannot speak for him as to how he feels about having his photograph in the paper, but as he clearly comes out of this as an innocent victim...I am sure it is not an issue for him.

As to whether he could have lost his job. I seriously doubt that. This was always an easily refuted and a completely unsubstantiated allegation. Unpleasant for Mr Jackson, yes, but I really don't think there was any credible risk that the governors would have sacked him on the false testimony of someone who was clearly very troubled. As I suggested at the start. In our rationale states it is impossible for us to second guess what might have been going on in the head of someone who was clearly in anything but a rational state of mind. Let's hope that she gets the help that she so clearly needs and that this sorry incident does not negatively affect her daughter's welfare any more than it has already done. After all, that child is as much of a victim in this as the head teacher and as such also deserves our sympathy. Bringing further public shame on her mother will cause nothing but more harm to the child.

As the parent of a child at Lyopard Grange myself, I will take the opportunity to sing the praises of the school and in particular, its head. Mr Jackson has always been very approachable, but still conveys an air of authority that the post requires. It seems that the governors too have acted in an exemplary fashion and have provided the sort of leadership that us parents desire, but in all honesty, probably take for granted. So I also give my thanks for the folk who surrender their time to take on this responsibility on behalf of our children. I suspect none of them anticipated an incident like this occurring during their time as governors, but they rose to the challenge and performed their roles impeccably.
None of us can ever truly guess what might be going on in someone's troubled mind. The person who jumps in front of a train causing misery for passengers caught up in delays or in this case, the parent who made unfounded and malicious accusations against a fantastic head teacher. Was she seeking attention? Was she nursing a grudge because her child was not chosen for the lead role in school play which led to a totally unjustified and disproportionate thirst for revenge? Of course I have a huge amount of sympathy for the Head. He, his staff and the governors have acted professionally and with dignity throughout this whole incident. There is also a child at the heart of this story whose welfare has to take precedence. It is not her fault that her mother chose the course of action that she set in train. What is required now is a calm and informed resolution, this is why the judicial system has paused to collect further information and to determine what is in the best interests for everyone, particularly the daughter. Splashing her mother's face all over the papers is hardly going to be in the best interests of the child. Mr Jackson, whilst he has undoubtedly been through an ordeal that no public servant shoud endure has the support of his staff, governors, pupils and parents. He can hold his head high. I cannot speak for him as to how he feels about having his photograph in the paper, but as he clearly comes out of this as an innocent victim...I am sure it is not an issue for him. As to whether he could have lost his job. I seriously doubt that. This was always an easily refuted and a completely unsubstantiated allegation. Unpleasant for Mr Jackson, yes, but I really don't think there was any credible risk that the governors would have sacked him on the false testimony of someone who was clearly very troubled. As I suggested at the start. In our rationale states it is impossible for us to second guess what might have been going on in the head of someone who was clearly in anything but a rational state of mind. Let's hope that she gets the help that she so clearly needs and that this sorry incident does not negatively affect her daughter's welfare any more than it has already done. After all, that child is as much of a victim in this as the head teacher and as such also deserves our sympathy. Bringing further public shame on her mother will cause nothing but more harm to the child. As the parent of a child at Lyopard Grange myself, I will take the opportunity to sing the praises of the school and in particular, its head. Mr Jackson has always been very approachable, but still conveys an air of authority that the post requires. It seems that the governors too have acted in an exemplary fashion and have provided the sort of leadership that us parents desire, but in all honesty, probably take for granted. So I also give my thanks for the folk who surrender their time to take on this responsibility on behalf of our children. I suspect none of them anticipated an incident like this occurring during their time as governors, but they rose to the challenge and performed their roles impeccably. CarlWPF
  • Score: 11

9:47pm Wed 12 Mar 14

The Villan says...

Although I find your comments mainly balanced, if a little liberal in their substance, I have to disagree about the publication of her photograph CarlWPF.

I would ask about the feelings, thoughts and ramifications of his family after his published photo in the press. It doesn't matter that he is completely innocent and has no case to answer, the fact is, his photograph was published.

There is Social Services to support her daughter should that course of action be deemed appropriate. What support mechanism is in place to support the headmaster and his family? Also, why shouldn't the general public be made aware of who this lady is, should they encounter her in the future?

The headmaster is the victim here, not Mrs Hughes. I'm sick of tired of perpetrators of crime being seen as 'victims' only to commit another one at a later date because they 'relapsed'. It makes a mockery of law abiding citizens.
Although I find your comments mainly balanced, if a little liberal in their substance, I have to disagree about the publication of her photograph CarlWPF. I would ask about the feelings, thoughts and ramifications of his family after his published photo in the press. It doesn't matter that he is completely innocent and has no case to answer, the fact is, his photograph was published. There is Social Services to support her daughter should that course of action be deemed appropriate. What support mechanism is in place to support the headmaster and his family? Also, why shouldn't the general public be made aware of who this lady is, should they encounter her in the future? The headmaster is the victim here, not Mrs Hughes. I'm sick of tired of perpetrators of crime being seen as 'victims' only to commit another one at a later date because they 'relapsed'. It makes a mockery of law abiding citizens. The Villan
  • Score: 17

11:40am Thu 13 Mar 14

scott.hannaford says...

PrivateSi - out of curiosity, is ENGLISH your FIRST language? WHAT'S with the CAPITALISATION of your words and RANDOM use of weird phrases?


Oh - and what is a "bad butch law"?
PrivateSi - out of curiosity, is ENGLISH your FIRST language? WHAT'S with the CAPITALISATION of your words and RANDOM use of weird phrases? Oh - and what is a "bad butch law"? scott.hannaford
  • Score: 2

11:56am Thu 13 Mar 14

CJH says...

scott.hannaford wrote:
PrivateSi - out of curiosity, is ENGLISH your FIRST language? WHAT'S with the CAPITALISATION of your words and RANDOM use of weird phrases?


Oh - and what is a "bad butch law"?
Oh no! For goodness sake don't try and ask him for explanations! We'll be here forever...and it still won't make sense! :-)
[quote][p][bold]scott.hannaford[/bold] wrote: PrivateSi - out of curiosity, is ENGLISH your FIRST language? WHAT'S with the CAPITALISATION of your words and RANDOM use of weird phrases? Oh - and what is a "bad butch law"?[/p][/quote]Oh no! For goodness sake don't try and ask him for explanations! We'll be here forever...and it still won't make sense! :-) CJH
  • Score: 6

9:07pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Keith B says...

Not sure this report hasn't strayed into areas it shouldn't.

By identifying the child surely this breaks child protection restrictions in Court cases. I do recognise that without identifying the people involved, the story has little substance. But the child should have been given protection by the court.

And by allowing comments within this string on this ONGOING case, is it not contempt of court.
Not sure this report hasn't strayed into areas it shouldn't. By identifying the child surely this breaks child protection restrictions in Court cases. I do recognise that without identifying the people involved, the story has little substance. But the child should have been given protection by the court. And by allowing comments within this string on this ONGOING case, is it not contempt of court. Keith B
  • Score: -7

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