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Teacher humiliated pupil over pronouns, tribunal told

Started by Jessica_Rose, March 22, 2024, 05:51:42 AM

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Teacher humiliated pupil over pronouns, tribunal told

Story by Leigh Boobyer & PA Media (21 March 2024)

A teacher who refused to use a pupil's preferred pronouns in class "consistently" humiliated them, the college's ex-principal told a tribunal.

Kevin Lister, 60, from Wiltshire, was dismissed in September 2022 for gross misconduct by New College Swindon following complaints by two students.

He denies violating the student's dignity.

Mr Lister has taken the college to an employment tribunal in Bristol claiming unfair dismissal.

The college's principal at the time said it was the way his beliefs were manifested that led to his dismissal.

Carole Kitching, who was the college's principal and chief executive at the time, told the hearing it was the way Mr Lister's "gender critical" beliefs were manifested that led to his dismissal and not the views themselves.

Miss Kitching said "You were suspended for failing to treat Student A with respect by consistently humiliating them in the class by your refusal to treat them with dignity and respect, which is required by all members of staff."
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