Mar­ton teacher ‘made kids look at poo’

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SAM KILMISTER

A teacher at a North Is­land pri­mary school is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­legedly forc­ing pupils to look at images of hu­man poo while they ate.

The South Makirikiri School teacher, in Ran­gitı¯ kei, is un­der­stood to have made some pupils eat their morn­ing tea while look­ing at sev­eral pic­tures of hu­man poo that had been smeared on the walls of the boys’ bath­room.

This was done af­ter the teacher sus­pected one of the pupils had cre­ated the mess.

The Mar­ton school has a roll of about 150 pupils and is one of the dis­trict’s old­est pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres, es­tab­lished in 1873.

The in­ci­dent fol­lows re­ports from ear­lier this year about the same teacher be­com­ing an­gry at pupils for putting gen­eral rub­bish in the pa­per re­cy­cling bin.

The school is part of a zero waste scheme and the teacher al­legedly tipped the rub­bish on the floor and made pupils sort through it.

Prin­ci­pal Stu Deven­port and board of trustees chair­woman Rachel Cun­liffe said they were aware of the al­leged in­ci­dents and were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Deven­port said no com­plaint had been re­ceived by the school, but the New Zealand School Trustees As­so­ci­a­tion was work­ing with them to carry out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘‘Un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted, the board is not in a po­si­tion to com­ment fur­ther,’’ Deven­port said.

A source close to the school, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said it was be­lieved a pupil had smeared the poo on the wall.

The in­ci­dents have prompted crit­i­cism from a group of par­ents who be­lieved the teacher’s al­leged be­hav­iour was out of line with mod­ern teach­ing prac­tices, the source said.

Trustees as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lor­raine Kerr said the as­so­ci­a­tion of­ten vis­ited schools to of­fer ad­vice.

Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion head of sec­tor en­able­ment and sup­port Ka­t­rina Casey said if the al­leged in­ci­dents hap­pened as de­scribed they would be con­sid­ered ‘‘very un­usual’’.

The min­istry was not aware of ei­ther in­ci­dent and Casey said there was no re­quire­ment for the school to re­port it.

‘‘It is good to see that the prin­ci­pal and board are tak­ing the al­le­ga­tions se­ri­ously and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing them. We have been in con­tact with the prin­ci­pal and the school does not re­quire as­sis­tance at this stage.’’

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A South Makirikiri school teacher al­legedly forced pupils to look at poo.

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