Sunday, April 19, 2020

Head teacher sacked for exchanging flirty messages with students insists he should be allowed to teach again

A disgraced head teacher fired over flirty messages to pupils insists he should be allowed to carry on in education.

Toby Belfield, 47, spoke out for the first time since being sacked from his £160,000-a-year job.

He conceded some of his messages could be seen an inappropriate.

But as he launched an online school he said:

"I am biding my time to tell my side of the story, as what I've seen so far has been very one-sided.

“There is no reason why I should not be able to continue in this field.”

He insisted coverage of the scandal at £35,000-a- year Ruthin School, Denbighshire, was one-sided and unfair, adding: “The truth will be told.”

Mr Belfield, who was fired in February, gave one 15-year-old girl nightmares after sending her love heart emojis.

In the exchanges, Mr Belfield boasted about his seniority and said "flirting is fine," sent love hearts and emojis and commented on the size of TV star Rachel Riley's breasts.

He said he liked women "small and petite" and asked one student if she had an eating disorder because she was a "thin girl" before going on to tell her she looked good.