Teacher who taught pupils to cut themselves and paint with their blood allowed to stay in classroom

Daily Echo: Teacher who taught pupils to cut themselves and paint with their blood allowed to stay in classroom Teacher who taught pupils to cut themselves and paint with their blood allowed to stay in classroom

A HAMPSHIRE teacher who taught pupils how to cut themselves with craft knives to paint with blood has been allowed to continue teaching.

Sandra Kennedy, 54, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by a National College of Teaching and Leadership panel.

However they concluded that the incident at the private Ringwood Waldorf School on March 19 last year was “isolated” and “got out of hand”.

Spokesman Paul Heathcote said: “No pupils were significantly harmed in the incident.

“The panel have considered a range of compelling testimonials describing Ms Kennedy as an excellent teacher with exceptional professional skills.

“The panel are clear that this is an isolated mistake which Ms Kennedy regrets.

“In all these circumstances I agree with the panel’s recommendation that it would not be in the public interest to impose a prohibition order.”

The panel heard that Ms Kennedy showed two Year 9 art history pupils at the £7,500-ayear school how to draw blood from their fingertips with craft knives – each using a new blade – after the pair expressed an interest in painting in blood.

However by the end of the session, 13 pupils had left the main classroom to share blood with the painters and returned with cuts to their arms.

Ms Kennedy applied antiseptic and reported the incident to her colleagues.

“We have taken into account Ms Kennedy’s observation that she was alarmed at what occurred and she acknowledges in her letter that the lesson had ‘veered into an unsafe situation’ and ‘I had let it get out of control’,” state the panel’s findings.

“We acknowledge that Ms Kennedy probably did not intend matters to develop in the way that occurred and her intention was only that the two female pupils who had asked to be allowed to paint with their own blood should be involved.”

Nigel Revill, senior management team administrator at the school, said it would not reemploy Ms Kennedy.

“The teacher concerned had resigned during our internal disciplinary procedure, which was invoked when the incident came to light,” he said.

“We were not involved in the hearing and we have no intention of reinstating the teacher.

“We hope this brings the matter to a close.”

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5:16pm Sat 26 Apr 14

sburman says...

Must be OK because it's art. In any other sphere of life it there would be a major assault charge pending
Must be OK because it's art. In any other sphere of life it there would be a major assault charge pending sburman
  • Score: 6

5:16pm Sat 26 Apr 14

KA says...

Well done to the school! how is this woman a teacher!
Well done to the school! how is this woman a teacher! KA
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

daisy.talks says...

is there a shortage of paint/ craft materials or something?? Never trust anything that bleeds for a week and doesn't die
is there a shortage of paint/ craft materials or something?? Never trust anything that bleeds for a week and doesn't die daisy.talks
  • Score: -8

5:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

sparkster says...

what was the stupid woman thinking of
what was the stupid woman thinking of sparkster
  • Score: 12

6:00pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Quentin Heslop says...

Absolutely unbelievable. What is it about teachers that however incompetent and stupid they are, they never get sacked.
Absolutely unbelievable. What is it about teachers that however incompetent and stupid they are, they never get sacked. Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 3

6:29pm Sat 26 Apr 14

southy says...

sburman wrote:
Must be OK because it's art. In any other sphere of life it there would be a major assault charge pending
yes the dark arts
[quote][p][bold]sburman[/bold] wrote: Must be OK because it's art. In any other sphere of life it there would be a major assault charge pending[/p][/quote]yes the dark arts southy
  • Score: -6

6:31pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Mary80 says...

Um sorry but in EVERY school i've ever attended NO ART TEACHER ever taught me to cut myself and use blood to write, im sorry but there's no excuse as to why this moronic woman did this and to still employ her? What the living hell
Um sorry but in EVERY school i've ever attended NO ART TEACHER ever taught me to cut myself and use blood to write, im sorry but there's no excuse as to why this moronic woman did this and to still employ her? What the living hell Mary80
  • Score: -4

6:33pm Sat 26 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
sburman wrote:
Must be OK because it's art. In any other sphere of life it there would be a major assault charge pending
yes the dark arts
You really are stupid..
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sburman[/bold] wrote: Must be OK because it's art. In any other sphere of life it there would be a major assault charge pending[/p][/quote]yes the dark arts[/p][/quote]You really are stupid.. IronLady2010
  • Score: 3

6:52pm Sat 26 Apr 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

If my child was at school id refuse to send them there till she sacked
If my child was at school id refuse to send them there till she sacked chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: -4

6:54pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

southy wrote:
sburman wrote:
Must be OK because it's art. In any other sphere of life it there would be a major assault charge pending
yes the dark arts
It isn't Hogwarts you know.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sburman[/bold] wrote: Must be OK because it's art. In any other sphere of life it there would be a major assault charge pending[/p][/quote]yes the dark arts[/p][/quote]It isn't Hogwarts you know. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

funchal says...

Get rid of the stupid ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Get rid of the stupid ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! funchal
  • Score: -5

11:15pm Sat 26 Apr 14

soobear says...

Instead of pandering to the whims of these boys, the very fact that the boys expressed an interest in painting with blood in the first place should have rung the alarm bells in her head and moved her to take her concerns to the head teacher. Would a well adjusted child be thinking like that? I remember how nasty the tv show The Mentalist was, with their recurring serial killer that painted with blood. JMO but I think the pupils themselves should be assessed, and the teacher re-trained.
Instead of pandering to the whims of these boys, the very fact that the boys expressed an interest in painting with blood in the first place should have rung the alarm bells in her head and moved her to take her concerns to the head teacher. Would a well adjusted child be thinking like that? I remember how nasty the tv show The Mentalist was, with their recurring serial killer that painted with blood. JMO but I think the pupils themselves should be assessed, and the teacher re-trained. soobear
  • Score: -6

11:45pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Kyoboshi says...

Er they were girls soobear
Er they were girls soobear Kyoboshi
  • Score: 2

1:54am Sun 27 Apr 14

soobear says...

Kyoboshi wrote:
Er they were girls soobear
Fair enough, sorry I didn't see that bit, thought I read they were boys. Must get new glasses!
[quote][p][bold]Kyoboshi[/bold] wrote: Er they were girls soobear[/p][/quote]Fair enough, sorry I didn't see that bit, thought I read they were boys. Must get new glasses! soobear
  • Score: 3

11:44pm Sun 27 Apr 14

nstaffordking says...

The kids asked, she taught them. That's what a teacher does: teaches. Good or bad, we have to tell our kids about these things. Do you honestly think if you just don't tell your kids about things, they won't try it? That's why we have so many teenage pregnancies.

Children are naturally curious. These kids would've done it anyway if they were interested, but instead of doing it relatively safely, one of them might've done some serious damage. If the teacher had been ignorant, she'd could have been dealing with missing bits of fingers, rather than a few cuts that kids pick up in the playgrounds all the time.
The kids asked, she taught them. That's what a teacher does: teaches. Good or bad, we have to tell our kids about these things. Do you honestly think if you just don't tell your kids about things, they won't try it? That's why we have so many teenage pregnancies. Children are naturally curious. These kids would've done it anyway if they were interested, but instead of doing it relatively safely, one of them might've done some serious damage. If the teacher had been ignorant, she'd could have been dealing with missing bits of fingers, rather than a few cuts that kids pick up in the playgrounds all the time. nstaffordking
  • Score: 1

11:47pm Sun 27 Apr 14

nstaffordking says...

and come off it with the knocking art thing. We use the blood of animals in art all the time, crushed beetles and ink from squids, and everyone judges that as ok?! but the minute we use our own blood there is uproar!?!

Chances are, if those kids are being allowed to work with craft knives in the first place, they're old enough to be responsible for their own bodies. Let them do what they want, nobody has the right to tell others what they can or can't do with their bodies, providing it isn't destructive to others.
and come off it with the knocking art thing. We use the blood of animals in art all the time, crushed beetles and ink from squids, and everyone judges that as ok?! but the minute we use our own blood there is uproar!?! Chances are, if those kids are being allowed to work with craft knives in the first place, they're old enough to be responsible for their own bodies. Let them do what they want, nobody has the right to tell others what they can or can't do with their bodies, providing it isn't destructive to others. nstaffordking
  • Score: 2

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