23/03/2011 13:15 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Teacher Left Foul Mouthed Rant On Mum's Answerphone

Mobile phone An outraged mum has described how she dialled into her mobile phone's voicemail to hear her daughter's nursery teacher calling the five-year-old a 'f*****g t**t'.

Shocked Katie Astle's was so stunned by the message - left by 57-year-old Pat Smith after Katie's daughter Megan accidentally took an incorrect bag home from school - that she had to listen again to check she had heard correctly.

Ms Smith, who thought she had disconnected the call was clearly heard telling a colleague: "F*****g t**t took my bag home."

Katie Astle told The Sun: 'When I listened to the voicemail I thought I must have got it wrong, so I listened again. I couldn't believe it. I'm absolutely disgusted someone who works with children can talk about one of them like that.

'If she says that about someone taking a school bag home, what does she say about kids that are naughty?'

Katie demanded a meeting with Ms Smith and the school's head Mike Stevens, but says she was given the brush-off after playing the tape back to them. Mr Stevens allegedly told her they had to 'move on'.

She said she had been told that the teacher had had a 'stressful day'.

I don't think that's any excuse,' Katie said, adding that she will keep Megan and sister Ashleigh, seven, away from the school - Cobden Primary in Loughborough, Leics - unless Pat Smith is properly disciplined.

The complaint has now been referred to the governors.

Pat Smith told reporters: 'It was a big misunderstanding.'

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