TJMcClean

TJMcClean

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8 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Flimsy sex abuse alleg... · 0 replies · +2 points

You talk a lot of sense throughout stonedcrow.

8 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Flimsy sex abuse alleg... · 0 replies · +1 points

Fair comment Samu88.

14 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Teachers using panic b... · 0 replies · +1 points

You are right Ollar I have heard stories like this.

18 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Flimsy sex abuse alleg... · 2 replies · +5 points

Granted stonedcrow the allegations/threats/ I know of were not of a sexual nature but you did get pupils (boys and girls ) quick to make a nasty throw away remark in front of classmates eg 'stop looking at me', (sexually, not mentioned but meant ) or 'stop touching me', 'he fancies you'.etc
I only know of one guy who was put through the mill as regards a sexual allegation of 'deliberate supposed touching'. He only taught for a short time upon his return, even though he was exonerated.
Teachers being suspended for alleged assault did happen to a number of guys I knew and at least one lady. Some of the guys never recovered from the stress etc - Much of it all depended on having a good, supportive, strong, headteacher to speak up for the classroom teacher. These type of headteachers are now few and far between.

I have no knowledge of the Catholic or the Grammar sectors as these things everywhere tended to be done very quietly.

I suspect that there will be more and more of all types of allegations made in the future if there is money and 15 mins of fame to be had at someone elses expence, so I think that the Department needs to look at/rethink policy here.
Do we install cameras all around corridors and classrooms to monitor activity so that any allegation can be instantly dismissed upon viewing what actually took place, or do we continue to suspend for up to a year! Teachers need protection because there are a lot of malicious, resentful of all authority, chip on shoulder, mixed up children and indeed parents out there. i would have valued a camera in my classroom and i think that it will soon reach this stage here.

18 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Lib Dems \'unaware of ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Lib Dems 'unaware of Smith abuse'!
Yeh yeh yeh.

19 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Video: Priest stuns br... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yeh Micael1 'That clip or part of it should be punched into a video encouraging tourists to visit the island.'
In the tourism game you are a fool if you miss any opportunity and this one is 'God given'!
I think we are very slow and poor in the North generally about selling ourselves. The Southerners are far more on the ball. We shoulld be watching and copying how they do it and work jointly where possible.

20 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Flimsy sex abuse alleg... · 4 replies · +6 points

Thank you for publishing this letter BT .

21 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Video: Priest stuns br... · 2 replies · +1 points

I don't think he was quite expecting the appreciative church reaction never mind the internet hits! I thought he did well to keep a straight face and then the wee grin and raised eyebrows over at the wedding party, close to the end. Very funny.
This is the way the church should be, fun, joyous, down to earth, relevant and yet reverent at the same time.
The fabulous looking bridesmaids were not lost on me either Miceal1 Love a well made woman!!

23 hours ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - Teachers using panic b... · 2 replies · +1 points

If I were going into teaching now I'd aim for Primary school teaching. Most of the older pupils I tried to teach were too set in their ways to change and everything in the Secondary end is focused on grades and results which were meaningless to many youngsters from tough backgrounds.
In the Primary school the light has not yet gone out in the childrens's eyes -mostly.
All the best Ollar you know the score and you are making a difference. Keep going but watch your back -and I'm not talking about the pupils.

1 day ago @ http://www.belfasttele... - The controversial Educ... · 0 replies · +2 points

And that's a fair point too 8billion. And the other side of the coin.