A teacher who told a special needs pupil she had put a voodoo curse on him and that she could drown him has been banned from teaching for four years.
Roslyn Holloway, 49, pulled out some of a child’s hair and wrapped it around a voodoo doll before telling her horrified students that if she dropped the doll in water the pupil would drown,
The teacher also yanked out clumps of a child’s hair when he wouldn’t stop talking and told another she would never kiss him because he was a ‘big hairy frog’ a General Teaching Council panel heard.
Banned from the classroom: Roslyn Holloway told a special needs pupil she had put a voodoo curse on him and that she could drown him, a disciplinary hearing heard
Holloway, who taught at the Lord Silkin Trust School in Telford, Shropshire between 2003 and January 28 2010, called one student ‘ginge’ and referred to two others as ‘pepsi max’ and ‘black boy’.
Anne Lyons, Deputy Head Teacher of the Lord Silkin School, described Holloway as ‘outspoken’.
She told the panel: ‘She felt this was the kinds of names she used as a matter of course. I don’t think she was sorry about it at all.’
The panel heard that after the name calling, Holloway went on to discuss inappropriate subject matters with her pupils – in particular black magic, voodoo and sticking pins in dolls.
During one Humanities lesson, Holloway pulled out some of a student’s hair, wrapped it around the leg of a keyring voodoo doll, and told him that if she dropped it his leg would hurt.
She then went on to say that if she put the doll in water he would drown.
Then days after the voodoo incident, she threatened to pull out some of another student’s hair if he did not stop talking – and followed through with the threat when he would not be quiet, before threatening to put a voodoo curse on him.
The teacher was formally cautioned by the police for battery following the incidents – but allegedly kept the caution secret from her employers.
Ms Holloway has now moved from Shropshire to Yell, Shetland, after being dismissed from Lord Silkin Trust School.
At the GTC hearing yesterday she was given a four year prohibition order banning her from teaching.
In a written statement read out to the panel in her absence, she admitted in full the allegations and stated she accepted they amounted to unacceptable professional behaviour.
Max Hyde, chair of the panel held in Birmingham, said: ‘Ms Holloway failed to put the well being and progress of the children first.
‘Her actions made some vulnerable children believe this behaviour to be appropriate.
‘It was particularly poor to legitimise this behaviour in a school setting that cares for vulnerable pupils.
Holloway, who taught at the Lord Silkin Trust School in Telford, Shropshire (pictured) called one student ‘ginge’ and referred to two others as ‘pepsi max’ and ‘black boy’
‘Two pupils’ parents came into the school after their children were left distressed following the incidents.
‘Furthermore, she did not change her behaviour despite support from line managers on how to do so.
‘Her continued poor conduct shows a deep seated attitude and personal problem.
‘Her comments such as calling children Pepsi Max, ginge and black boy were in full breach of the code of conduct.
‘She was not new to teaching and she would have been aware that this was unacceptable behaviour.’
Summing up, Hyde added: ‘The panel has taken into account that Ms Holloway has not appeared before a GTC tribunal before, and that she admitted the factual particulars in full.
‘We therefore find them proven. We have decided on a prohibition order to be imposed to protect pupils and the reputation of the profession.’