Accused head speaks out

8th July 2005 at 01:00
A Monmouthshire headteacher who was accused of slapping a pupil has called for changes in the way allegations against teachers are handled. Marjorie Evans, head of St Mary's junior school, Caldicot, said that teachers accused of assault should be among the first people interviewed by police.

Mrs Evans, who was suspended for 18 months after being accused of slapping a 10-year-old boy in 1999, was speaking before her retirement later this month. She also called for the rights of both pupils and teachers to be protected.

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