Marton teacher ‘made kids look at poo’
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.’’
A South Makirikiri school teacher allegedly forced pupils to look at poo.