30/03/2011 11:12 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Teacher Who Labelled Child 'White Trash' Convicted Of Race Hate Crime

teacher labelled child 'white trash' A teacher who described a child as 'white trash' has been convicted of a race hate crime.

Jane Turner intervened in an argument she witnessed between a group of children near a school in Birmingham.

During the dispute a parent of one of the children reported hearing her say: 'Go and play with your own little white friends, you're nothing but white trash.'

After she was reported to police, Mrs Turner initially denied using the phrase but later admitted she had said 'white trash' and has since apologised.

Mrs Turner was working at Moseley School, a specialist language college in Birmingham, when the incident took place almost 20 miles away.

She was convicted at Halesowen Magistrates Court of an offence of using racially threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment or distress.

She was made subject of a community order for one year with a requirement to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay compensation of £50.

Mrs Turner has a right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.

The General Teaching Council also investigated and yesterday announced its conclusions, criticising her for 'unacceptable professional conduct'.

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