Teachers 'quitting' after being falsely called 'paedophiles' by pupils

Teachers are ‘quitting their jobsafter being falsely labelled ‘paedophilesby students in TikTok videos

  • Teachers are said to be quitting their jobs after being falsely called ‘paedophiles
  • Students have been making ‘derogatory commentsabout staff on TikTok videos
  • Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton was affected by the content
  • Police Scotland is aware of the ‘upsettingjibes being hurled at staff by students
  • Teachers are reportedly quitting their jobs after being falsely labelled as paedophiles by students in Tic toc video.

    The nationwide TikTok ‘teaching-bashingcraze has seen students make ‘derogatory commentsabout educators, including falsely labelling staff as adulterers and paedophiles.

    Unions have warned that the harmful TikTok videos are causing teachers to quit their jobs, while the videos have been reported to the police, Il telegrafo segnalato.

    Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, has been hit by the harmful craze and has urged parents to check their children’s phones after a string of derogatory videos were shared on social media.

    Altrove, Cwmtawe Community School in Wales had to call the police after a meme falsely suggested one teacher was an offender, while The de Ferrers Academy in Burton has seen students covertly taking pictures of teachers in class to use in often ‘sexualised’ video.

    Pupils at Our Lady and St Patrick's High School (nella foto) in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, have been sharing abusive content about teachers on social media

    Pupils at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School (nella foto) in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, have been sharing abusive content about teachers on social media

    The NASUWT teachers union has warned that the social media craze was leading to teachers quitting the profession.

    Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, disse: ‘If there is any evidence that companies like TikTok are actively promoting or inciting the abuse of teachers, this is wholly unacceptable and urgent action must be taken immediately by the Government.

    ‘There is simply no excuse for abuse of teachers whose lives are being ruined as a result of the posting of malicious content on these social media platforms.

    TikTok says it has taken down hundreds of pieces of content, as well as banning accounts where that is appropriate, and is using new technology to better detect abusive material.

    Nel frattempo, Scotland’s biggest teaching union says it will ‘consider all optionsto safeguard its members from abuse and urged councils to get police to investigate specific incidents where appropriate.

    Students at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton have falsely labelled teachers as paedophiles in a string of TikTok videos.

    A letter from Our Lady’s head teacher Christopher Smith, written in partnership with council education chief Laura Mason, was issued to parents and carers and published on the school’s social media feeds last week.

    Nella lettera, Mr Smith wrote: ‘We are aware of a number of TikTok accounts and videos that have been created that include images of and derogatory comments about our teaching staff and pupils.

    The TikTok craze has seen students make 'derogatory comments' about staff and other pupils, including falsely labelling staff as adulterers and paedophiles (immagine stock)

    The TikTok craze has seen students make ‘derogatory commentsabout staff and other pupils, including falsely labelling staff as adulterers and paedophiles (immagine stock)

    ‘I am sure you can imagine how upsetting this can be for anyone subjected to this.

    ‘Given our continued focus on ensuring our schools provide inclusive, diverse learning environments where our young people can thrive, we cannot tolerate this.

    The letter added: ‘We would encourage you to monitor your child’s use of their phone and in particular social media sites and their contents.

    Police Scotland has been made aware of the ‘upsettingjibes being hurled at staff by students at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School.

    West Dunbartonshire Council’s education convener, Councillor Karen Conaghan said: ‘I’d ask pupils to try and put themselves in the other person’s shoes and ask themselves if they’d like to be treated in that manner.

    ‘Pupils need to know that such behaviour has consequences.

    Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie labelled the footage as ‘completely inappropriate’, aggiungendo: ‘Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and this extends to the way they are treated on social media platforms, as well as in person.

    ‘I know that Our Lady and St Patrick’s teaches its pupils to be courteous and respectful and the school is right to crack down on anyone found to be making such videos.

    Education chiefs demand TikTok take action to stop pupils posting abusive videos about their teachers

    The Government has intervened after teachers were subjected to abuse in TikTok videosincluding them being wrongly branded paedophiles and mocked.

    Più di 50 reports of staff suffering ‘disgraceful abusethrough messages and imagery posted on the social media platform have been received by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

    The posts are ‘often defamatory and offensiveand some are homophobic, the headteachersunion has said.

    Academies minister Baroness Barran said she is ‘deeply concerned by the abhorrent abuseand the Department for Education (DfE) is engaging with TikTok on the steps it is taking to address the issue.

    School leadersunions have called on TikTok to remove the posts swiftly and prevent ‘offensive and abusivematerial from being uploaded in the first place.

    Geoff Barton, general secretary of ASCL, disse: ‘Over the past couple of weeks, school staff have suffered disgraceful abuse through messages and imagery posted on the social media platform TikTok.

    ‘We do not know how widespread this is but we have received over 50 rapporti, and we suspect there are many more.

    ‘These posts are often defamatory and offensive, and some are homophobic. Schools tell us that they have asked TikTok to remove them but TikTok has often failed to act despite these posts clearly breaching the platform’s community guidelines.

    ‘This material is extremely distressing for the staff who are targeted, and the young people who are posting it are involved in behaviour which could lead to them being excluded from school and, in extreme cases, being the subject of a police investigation.

    Mr Barton said the union has written to TikTok to request a meeting about the issue and it has been raised with the governments in England, Galles e Irlanda del Nord.

    He added that TikTok has said it is investigating the issue and is using a combination of technologies and moderation teams to identify and remove content or accounts that violate its community guidelines.

    It told ASCL it has already acted against a large number of accounts.

    Mr Barton said: ‘This in our view reinforces the urgent need for regulation of social media platforms.

    ‘Social media platforms should be legally responsible for ensuring they have processes in place which prevent offensive and abusive material from being posted in the first place.

    Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of school leadersunion NAHT, disse: ‘TikTok and other social media companies must step up and take far greater responsibility for the content hosted on their platforms.

    ‘The racist and homophobic abuse against school staff in some TikTok videos is entirely unacceptable, yet there appears a worrying lack of urgency and priority given to removing inappropriate and distressing posts.

    ‘If they are unwilling to adequately police content themselves, then we would encourage government to take steps to intervene on behalf of the victims of abusive content.

    ‘No company should be allowed to profit from the misery of others.

    Baroness Barran said on Twitter: ‘Social media companies need to take action against harmful content and my department is engaging with TikTok on the steps they are taking to address the issue.

    A Government spokeswoman said: ‘It is never acceptable for anyone to harass or intimidate teachers and other education staff.

    ‘Any instance of online abuse is abhorrent and online criminal attacks should be immediately reported to the police.

    ‘We are engaging with TikTok on the steps being taken by them to address this issue involving teachers.

    ‘We are clear that social media companies need to take action against harmful content on their platforms and we are introducing laws which will usher in a new era of accountability for these social media companies.

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    A spokesman for Educational Institute of Scotland said: ‘This is an issue of growing concern, and the EIS will consider all options to protect its members from this unacceptable abuse.

    ‘Local authorities should be taking appropriate steps to protect their employees, including potential police involvement where appropriate.

    The widespread TikTok craze has also seen students at The de Ferrers Academy in Burton secretly taking pictures of teachers and using them in often ‘sexualised’ video.

    Principal Kathy Hardy has warned that such incidents would not be tolerated at the Burton school and leaders were investigating to find out which pupils were involved.

    Lei disse: ‘Many of the images are sexualised and the language and tone wholly inappropriate and hurtful.

    ‘Images have been taken covertly while staff have been teaching in school.

    School leaders have also warned students that they risk being prosecuted in court and being expelled.

    Nel frattempo, Cwmtawe Community School in Pontardawe, Galles, contacted the police after a video was secretly shot in class, despite the school’s mobile ban, and shared to TikTok.

    The child of the slandered teacher had alerted the school to the video, who spoke to parents in a bid to discover who had originally posted the footage.

    Gemma Morgan, assistant head teacher at the school, disse: ‘In one of the reports we had back [from TikTok] said they didn’t deem it as bullying.

    ‘So the only way really that we could get these things taken down was to do our own investigation and find out the perpetrator and get them to take it down.

    A student at Horndean Technology College, Hants, recently posted a disturbing video on social media saying they wanted their headteacher dead and to gouge her eyes outbefore admitting they did it to get more likes and followers.

    The pupil uploaded the shocking death threat video to TikToka social media famed for its viral dance and comedy videos.

    Julie Summerfield, who was the target of the sick video, said when she confronted the student about it they revealed they had posted it ‘to get more likes and more followers’.

    Lei disse: ‘I asked them: ‘How would you feel if someone wrote that about your mother?’

    ‘They said they did it to get more likes and more followers.

    ‘What is worrying is there are more avenues for people to be horrible and do it anonymously.

    ‘A lot of students don’t see it as a school issueit’s quite a shock for people when they find out that we can do something about it.

    Andrea Marr, the school’s anti-bullying co-ordinator, said she has been targeted by three students on the platform with one using a photo-shopped image to paint her as homophobic.

    Ms Marr said: ‘Someone had mocked up an image of me holding a sign saying that I hate gay peoplewhich was incredibly hurtful.

    Almeno 10 teachers at Horndean Technology College are believed to have been targeted this month alone.

    As part of national charity Anti-Bullying Alliance’s Anti-Bullying Week, the school held a series of assemblies to address the trend.

    The assemblies are part of a wider, longstanding focus on tackling bullying and supporting other schools to get to grips with the nationwide problem.

    Madelyn Grace, a 14-year-old student at the school who is part of its dedicated equality and rights advocacy group, told the Portsmouth News: ‘Recently there has definitely been a rise in social media hate.

    ‘It’s something that schools and the older generation, and people in general, should be considering more.

    ‘It’s not just ‘sticks and stones may break my bones’.

    It comes as the Government earlier this month intervened after teachers were subjected to abuse in TikTok videosincluding them being wrongly branded paedophiles and mocked.

    Più di 50 reports of staff suffering ‘disgraceful abusethrough messages and imagery posted on the social media platform have been received by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

    The posts are ‘often defamatory and offensiveand some are homophobic, the headteachersunion has said.

    Academies minister Baroness Barran said she is ‘deeply concerned by the abhorrent abuseand the Department for Education (DfE) is engaging with TikTok on the steps it is taking to address the issue.

    School leadersunions have called on TikTok to remove the posts swiftly and prevent ‘offensive and abusivematerial from being uploaded in the first place.

    Geoff Barton, general secretary of ASCL, disse: ‘Over the past couple of weeks, school staff have suffered disgraceful abuse through messages and imagery posted on the social media platform TikTok.

    ‘We do not know how widespread this is but we have received over 50 rapporti, and we suspect there are many more.

    ‘These posts are often defamatory and offensive, and some are homophobic. Schools tell us that they have asked TikTok to remove them but TikTok has often failed to act despite these posts clearly breaching the platform’s community guidelines.

    The widespread TikTok craze has also seen students at The de Ferrers Academy (nella foto) in Burton secretly taking pictures of teachers and using them in often 'sexualised' videos

    The widespread TikTok craze has also seen students at The de Ferrers Academy (nella foto) in Burton secretly taking pictures of teachers and using them in often ‘sexualised’ video

    Cwmtawe Community School (nella foto) in Pontardawe, Galles, contacted the police after a video was secretly shot in class, despite the school's mobile ban, and shared to TikTok

    Cwmtawe Community School (nella foto) in Pontardawe, Galles, contacted the police after a video was secretly shot in class, despite the school’s mobile ban, and shared to TikTok

    ‘This material is extremely distressing for the staff who are targeted, and the young people who are posting it are involved in behaviour which could lead to them being excluded from school and, in extreme cases, being the subject of a police investigation.

    Mr Barton said the union has written to TikTok to request a meeting about the issue and it has been raised with the governments in England, Galles e Irlanda del Nord.

    He added that TikTok has said it is investigating the issue and is using a combination of technologies and moderation teams to identify and remove content or accounts that violate its community guidelines.

    A Government spokeswoman said: ‘It is never acceptable for anyone to harass or intimidate teachers and other education staff.

    ‘Any instance of online abuse is abhorrent and online criminal attacks should be immediately reported to the police.

    ‘We are engaging with TikTok on the steps being taken by them to address this issue involving teachers.

    ‘We are clear that social media companies need to take action against harmful content on their platforms and we are introducing laws which will usher in a new era of accountability for these social media companies.

    A TikTok Spokesperson said: ‘We are crystal clear that hateful behaviour, bullying and harassment have no place on TikTok.

    ‘We regret the distress caused to some teachers as a result of abusive content posted to our platform.

    ‘We’ve already deployed additional technical measures and guidance, and we continue to proactively detect and remove violative content and accounts.

    ‘While anyone can report inappropriate content in-app, we also partner with the Professional Online Safety Helpline to provide teachers with an additional way to report content, and we have committed additional funding for this service in light of recent events.

    ‘We have written to every school in the country to ensure all staff have access to the resources they need, and we’ll continue to work with affected schools, insegnanti, genitori, unions and other partners to stamp out this intolerable abuse.

    MailOnline has contacted TikTok for further comment.

    PUPILS HAVE BEEN SECRETLY TAKING PICTURES OF TEACHERS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS

    Students at The de Ferrers Academy in Burton have been secretly taking pictures of teachers using them in ‘wholly inappropriateoften ‘sexualisedsocial media videos.

    Parents of pupils have been informed about the ‘hurtfulvideos using images of some staff, which have appeared on TikTok.

    School leaders have warned pupils they risk being prosecuted in court and being expelled.

    Leaders at the school, which has three sites in the town and is the biggest secondary in Staffordshire, said some pictures of staff had been lifted from the school’s website, while others had been taken covertly during lessons.

    Principal Kathy Hardy warned that such incidents would not be tolerated and leaders were investigating to find out which pupils were involved.

    Lei disse: ‘Many of the images are sexualised and the language and tone wholly inappropriate and hurtful. Images have been taken covertly while staff have been teaching in school.

    She warned in a letter sent to parents that it was illegal to create such videos and could result in a prosecution for malicious communication as well as a permanent suspension.

    She also said such things were also happening at other schools across the country.

    Her letter said: ‘You may have seen information in the news about the misuse of social media accounts by students and the negative impact that these are having on teachers and staff in school.

    ‘This is something affecting most secondary schools across the country, and we are no exception. We are aware of TikTok videos being created using images of some staff members.

    ‘These images have been taken from the school website and also the internet. Many of the images are sexualised and the language and tone wholly inappropriate and hurtful. Images have been taken covertly while staff have been teaching in school.

    ‘We are doing our best to identify students involved in creating these accounts and images. This activity is illegal and could result in prosecutions as malicious communication, as well as school-based sanctions up to and including permanent suspension.

    ‘You may believe that your child would not be involved in such activity but please remember that following an illegal account or sharing images and videos (whether your child is in them or not) is a serious issue and it is better for you to be safe and ensure that this isn’t the case.

    ‘Aside from potential illegality, these actions are neither a wise choice and are not in keeping with the ethos that we promote as a trust, ‘Work hard, be kind, choose wisely’.

    ‘Accounts can also be used to bully other students and phones can be used to download illegal or inappropriate content.

    Mrs Hardy urged parents to speak to their children about this issues and the risks associated with following these accounts and sharing such images.

    She added that she knows parents may feel uncomfortable with this and ‘only you know whether this is the right thing to do’.

    Mrs Hardy said her first concern was for the welfare of the pupils and what they had access to but she was also concerned about the staff who ‘work hard to provide the best for the studentsand she would not accept staff being subjected to this abuse.

    Ian McNeilly, chief executive of The de Ferrers Trust, disse: ‘Social media has huge benefits for its users but it also comes with considerable down sides, especially when it is misused.

    ‘This particular story is a national one and many schools have unfortunate examples of images of their staff members being used inappropriately in videos and then shared on the TikTok platform.

    ‘Whilst I’m sure it serves as a source of entertainment for some of the young people who create, share and watch them, they need to understand that there are real people behind those images.

    ‘Real people with real feelings who have been deeply upset by being bullied in this waybecause that is what it is.

    ‘School leaders will take the necessary action against any students who are identified as being involved in this.

    ‘We advise parents to at the very least discuss this issue with their children and seek assurances that they are not involved.

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