News Voicemail worker ‘suspended’
Spires Academy has reportedly suspended the member of staff who left an abusive voicemail message about an autistic pupil on a parent’s phone.
On Wednesday, the Coundon school confirmed that a staff member had been suspended while the incident is investigated, the Mirror reported.
A spokesperson for the RNIB, who sponsor the academy, said: “We can confirm that one member of staff has been suspended from duties whilst we complete our investigation.”
Leighanne Bromley, 29, from Cheylesmore, was shocked and stunned when she first heard the message about her 10-year-old son Harley’s school absence last week.
Leighanne said her son Harley has been off school with a cold. A member of staff left a friendly voicemail on July 10 enquiring after Harley’s health and when he would be returning to school.
However, believing she had hung up, she then goes on to say: “And make sure he’s off all f ****** week.”
A man in the background adds: “What about two weeks?”
What follows was an exchange between the woman and male member of staff joking about Harley being kept out of school until the end of term.
The male worker can be heard saying: “She was just making sure Harley is off all week, and the second question is could you keep him off next week as well?”
The woman is then heard saying: “Yes please until the end of the year”.
The man then jokes about Harley being returned to school on July 27, after the start of the summer holidays.
A spokesperson for the RNIB said: “We have made a full and sincere apology to Leighanne Bromley.
“This type of behaviour is not acceptable and goes against the values of our school and has no place in RNIB.
We are taking this matter extremely seriously and a full internal investigation is taking place and robust action will be taken where appropriate.”
In a statement on the school’s website, Rob Jones, headteacher at RNIB Three Spires Academy, apologised to Leighanne. Gobsmacked Leighanne said she couldn’t believe the contents of the message and had to hang up and listen to the message several times.
She said: ”My jaw just hit the floor. I was gobsmacked and horrified someone who is entrusted with my son’s care had that attitude towards him.”
She plans now to lodge a complain with the school’s governors however a meeting date has not yet been set up.