Stabbedin the back

28th May 2004 at 01:00
Careers and professional reputations should not be destroyed by malicious allegations, Roy Robertson, Clackmannanshire, said.

He had no objection to teachers being suspended in the face of serious allegations but pupils should be suspended at the same time while inquiries were made.

"It can be several weeks before teachers are told why they are sitting at home crying into their cornflakes every morning and don't have work to go to," Mr Robertson said.

He was "fed up" with the inaction of children's panels and pressed for court action against pupils who made malicious or false allegations. "It can happen to any of us," Mr Robertson warned..

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