Janet Felkin

AT LAST headteacher is cleared of HATE crime for saying autistic pupil had special needs

A SECONDARY school headteacher was accused of a disability hate crime after she said one of her pupils had “special needs”.

But now, after a six-month police and council investigation, Janet Felkin has been told she has no case to answer.

She described the accusations as “vexatious”.

A parent-governor at Blatchington Mill School in Hove, East Sussex, had complained about a remark made by Ms Felkin in minutes on the school’s website.

The governor said that the “highly intelligent” student, who falls under the autistic spectrum, would be offended.

Brighton and Hove Council registered the incident as “disability hate” because the school did not remove the remark quickly enough.

  • But he does have special needs.

    • El Martyachi

      The truth is not a defense, hater.

  • terrence

    George Orwell would have trouble believing this crap – his books were NOT how-to- manuals, but warnings about oppressive totalitarian governments .

  • Frances

    So an headteacher truthfully points out that a student has “special needs” and is prosecuted/persecuted for that comment. What’s she supposed to do: ignore the student’s needs and not push to get him help?

    • eMan14

      She could just give him a passing grade with a rubber stamp. That seems to be the way of our education system. Whether he’s capable or not is irrelevant.

      • Frances

        This woman seems to truly care about her students, and for that she was pilloried. The “rubber stamp” crowd nevered get censured, though they should.

        • eMan14

          Oh yes I agree and do believe she cares for her students. My comment was really for those who prosecuted her for saying that the one student had special needs. And this went to a 6 month investigation by both police and council. Unbelievable.

  • moraywatson

    Well isn’t this retarded? If saying that someone has “special needs” is a “disability hate crime”, is charging someone with “disability hate” a “special needs crime”?