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Spanish teacher in UK ‘taped kids’ mouths’

A Spanish art teacher working in the UK has caused outrage in the British press after she allegedly put sticky tape over her pupils' mouths to shut them up.

Spanish teacher in UK 'taped kids' mouths'
Sticky affair: Avon and Somerset police have not yet announced whether they will investigate the allegations. Photo: Rebecca Barray

Twenty-seven-year-old Priscilla Davo has been removed from her post as art and Spanish teacher at Danesfield Church of England School in Somerset following the allegations.

Major UK newspapers The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and the Guardian all reported how Davos decided to tape the mouths of the ten-year-olds because they were laughing and joking in class.

Some of the pupils’ parents told the UK press their children were very “upset” after what had happened and that their lips bled when they removed the tape.

Avon and Somerset police have not yet announced whether they will investigate the allegations or leave it to the education authorities.

“Had the parents not leaked the story to the press disciplinary procedures would probably have followed a more natural course,” Paco García Cruz, education head at Spain’s largest trade union told The Local.

“There’s obviously a big difference between taping children’s mouths as part of a lesson on freedom of speech and doing it in a repressive way.

“It’s up to the UK authorities to decide whether the teacher’s actions breached school regulations.”

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Teachers arrested over WhatsApp ‘secrets’ leak

A bit of 'Mean Girls'-esque high school drama has stirred up a small town in the Madrid area after a letter containing the private messages of teachers insulting students and parents was dropped into residents' mailboxes.

Teachers arrested over WhatsApp 'secrets' leak
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The Spanish Civil Guard have arrested one former teacher and another current teacher who are suspected of having distributed the messages from a private chat group on instant messaging app WhatsApp, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Tuesday. 

The former teacher was already involved in litigation with the school.

The two are accused of a crime of “disclosing secrets” because the messages were within a private group.

Police believe the two arrested extracted messages from the chat, modified them and put them together in the letter that showed up mailboxes across the town.

The five-page letter, distributed in April, revealed messages from teachers at the school making disparaging comments about students, parents and other teachers at the school in Casarrubuelos in the Madrid area. 

In one message, a teacher called Moroccans “sons of bitches” in response to another teacher saying that “no Moor is good”, though this conversation may not have been in reference to any pupils at the school, El Pais reported previously.

In another conversation, referring to a student, a teacher said “What's the name of that pig of a boy who is always getting in trouble at recess?”

After a mother accused one of the teachers of mistreating her children, that teacher called the mother “the bitch” and said that the mayor of the town had recorded images of one of her children “who you are flipping out about”, though the mayor has since denied such images exist.

The Ministry of Education suspended the headmaster of the school as a precautionary measure in April and agreed to open a disciplinary inquiry into six of the 11 teachers in the WhatsApp group.

The Civil Guard began investigating the letter on April 10th after receiving a complaint about the messages from the school's teachers who said the letter could be from a teacher involved in litigation with the school who wanted revenge.

Through the messages, the police were able to identify the former teacher as well as the other teacher who had been part of the group and helped distribute the letter.

The two could face prison time of between one and four years.

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