News Voice­mail worker ‘sus­pended’

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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