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.