GTC hears Beavis and Butt-Head 'victimisation' case

15th May 2009 at 01:00
Pupil claimed repeated playing of audio clip from cult cartoon amounted to intimidation

A teacher is facing a disciplinary hearing over allegations that he intimidated a pupil by repeatedly playing part of a Beavis and Butt-Head cartoon in class.

John Maddison has been charged with unacceptable professional conduct after a pupil accused his former maths teacher of victimising him with an audio clip from the cult American animation series.

The pupil claimed Mr Maddison played the excerpt on his laptop computer when the student entered the classroom and when he tried to speak during lessons.

Mr Maddison, who taught at Holgate School in Hucknall, Nottingham, at the time of the alleged incidents, is also accused of calling pupils "prick" and "dickhead" and of punching and kicking a wall while reprimanding another student.

The former teacher, who now works as a "laptop technician", denies all allegations and that he is guilty of misconduct.

Mr Maddison admits to playing the Beavis and Butt-Head clip, but told a General Teaching Council for England hearing in Birmingham that he did so only in an attempt to quieten pupils when the whole class was being noisy.

Beavis and Butt-Head became popular in the 1990s after first being aired on MTV. It is about two sarcastic and puerile teenagers who make crude jokes and snigger through pop videos.

Mr Maddison faces six allegations of behaving and speaking inappropriately to pupils between 2005 and 2006.

Among other allegations, he is accused of sending a pupil out of the classroom, then following him into the corridor where he punched and kicked a wall near to the student.

He is also alleged to have restrained a pupil inappropriately.

Mr Maddison's case was brought before the GTC last week, but it was adjourned before the disciplinary panel could reach a decision. It will be heard again on June 3.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today