Head Teacher Apologises To Mum After Posting Insults On Facebook

14/08/2014 16:53 | Updated 22 May 2015

A primary school head teacher has apologised after she posted insults about a concerned mother on Facebook.

Governors at Holmgate Primary and Nursery School in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, are looking into the behaviour of head Ruth Swailes after she made the comments following a confidential meeting with mum Rachel Piper, 31.

Rachel had arranged to see the head after her six-year-old son had become upset after moving classes. She took along her mother-in-law, Roz Green, to the meeting for support.

But later that day, Mrs Swailes posted a comment on Facebook saying she was 'gobsmacked that some of the parents come to have a go at me and bring their mums along - they're people in their 30s and 40s and still bring their mums to sort me out'.

Mrs Swailes also wrote: "In keeping with what I've experienced this week should I scream, shout, stamp my feet and threaten to beat up or kill the headteacher?"

In another comment she wrote: "I might get a poster, "my mum's harder than yours" for my office."

A friend of Mrs Swailes also weighed in, suggesting she could 'sell tickets' to confrontations, to which she replied: "Sounds good to me. Granny boxing!"

In total 39 messages were publicly exchanged between Mrs Swailes and two other people.

Rachel said the comments show that Mrs Swailes failed to take seriously her concerns that her son Keane Green was suffering anxiety because he missed his friends - and could also have led her being identified by other parents.

She said: "I was worried about Keane, I arranged to see his headteacher and decided to take his grandmother with me.

"She has breached the confidentiality of a meeting and failed to show concern for my child.

"It's not appropriate to talk about personal details in public and certainly not on Facebook where everyone can see."

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: "The matter had been referred to Holmgate Primary School board of governors."

The School Board of Governors' chairman Jane Kinsell stated in a letter to Ms Piper that Mrs Swailes felt Keane would thrive in a new class and she is apologetic for the comments and thought her privacy settings were for friends only. Mrs Swailes sent a written apology via the board's chairman.

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