24/03/2011 12:50 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Headteacher Suspends SEVEN Kids In TWO Days

headteacher suspends students A headteacher has been removed from his school after suspending SEVEN youngsters after just two days in the job.

Superhead Craig Tunstall was hired to turn around failing Oval Primary in Croydon, South London on a salary of £137,881 a year.
A day in, he suspended five children, then two more the following day.

Staff claimed they were in a 'climate of fear' whilst pupils reported they were told to walk with their hands behind their backs as though they were 'in prison'.

Behaviour which led to suspension included not lining up quickly enough, not wearing a coat, and not finishing a school dinner.

One mum whose five-year-old son was excluded said his suspension - for not lining up quickly enough - was 'unbelievable'.

Croydon Council leader Mike Fisher said: 'We apologise, we made a mistake.'

What do you think?
Could more schools benefit from heads like Mr Tunstall?
Or were his rules ridiculous?

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