Homophobic teacher struck off indefinitely

Teacher in UK barred for teaching after four schools complain about his abusive behavior.

Homophobic teacher struck off indefinitely
25 January 2012

A teacher in the UK has been banned from teaching after calling pupils 'poofs' and 'batty boys'.

A disciplinary hearing panel heard how Jason Gibbs, while employed at East Brighton College of Media Arts in 2003, warned students, 'don't go into the shower because this group will start bending you over and do you up the ass'.

He was also accused of telling a group of pupils they were 'poofs' and 'batty boys', as well as calling one pupil a 'wanker' and another a 'fat twat', The Huffington Post reported.

Three other schools where Gibbs taught either as a permanent or supply teacher made allegations against him, accusing him of verbal and physical abuse of pupils.

Gibbs qualified as a teacher in 2000 and failed to tell two of the schools he taught at that he had suffered from depression since 2003.

He was later diagnosed in 2008 with bi-polar disorder and told the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) it had 'significantly affected his teaching career'.

Minna Nathoo, chair of the GTCE panel, said: 'Such remarks tend to humiliate and offend pupils. They also show a lack of respect by the teacher, who in addition is expected to be a role model. 

'This is a teacher who has resigned from one school after another, at a point when disciplinary action was being initiated as a result of inappropriate behaviour. This misbehaviour was then repeated at the next school.

'He appears to have learnt nothing from this experience. Further, in order to obtain his later jobs, he withheld relevant information. His misconduct is serious. It resulted in pupils being put at serious risk of physical harm.'

The panel found Gibbs guilty of the allegations and struck him off the teaching register indefinitely. He cannot challenge the order for at least two years.

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