Man banned from teaching for 'inappropriate' content

Published date: 13 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A TEACHER accused of joining a pupil in singing I’m sexy and I know it and talking about his sex life has been banned from the classroom.

While working at schools in North Wales, Alec Munday was also alleged to have sung from Jessie J’s hit Domino while supervising a lunchtime ICT session. He said he only knew the line “Take me down like (I’m) a domino.”

Presenting officer Lousha Bryl told a meeting of the General Teaching Council for Wales professional conduct committee yesterday: “The lyrics contain sexual language and the song is about a sexual encounter. There was a mixed range of ages that attended this lunchtime club.”

Mr Munday, 47, faced four allegations, all found to be proved, and the committee said they amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.

Imposing a prohibition order, committee chairman Steve Powell said Mr Munday had expressed genuine regret and he had also apologised for his behaviour.

“Although his actions were inappropriate there was no sexual or ulterior motive,” Mr Powell said.

In May 2012 the temporary teacher at a Llangefni comprehensive school in Anglesey was alleged to have used inappropriate sexual language causing distress to a girl, and to have sung an inappropriate song containing sexual language in the presence of pupils.

Married Mr Munday told the meeting, held at Ewloe, Deeside, he was listening to the radio and singing along to tunes at Ysgol Gyfun, Llangefni.

He said he sang lyrics from the Jessie J hit Domino during a lunchtime ICT session but only knew the line “Take me down like (I’m) a domino.”

He said: ”I didn’t sing the whole song. I only knew the closing line of the chorus.

“I wouldn’t consider it to be inappropriate, just a pop song.”

He said it was during his lunch break. “I wasn’t in a formal teaching mode. I didn’t say ‘come into my class and listen to my singing’.”

Mr Munday accepted singing Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit Call me maybe but disputed singing Let’s talk about sex by Salt-n-Pepa and could not remember if he sang Hit Me Baby One More Time by Britney Spears.

“It was whatever came on the radio basically,” he said.

Miss Bryl said ‘Pupil A’, aged 12, felt the words of the Salt-n-Pepa hit Let’s talk about sex were directed at her. But Mr Munday said what happened had been misinterpreted and came about because of another girl’s email signature which stated: “I want your body”.

The teacher had told this pupil she could not put that and in a raised voice remarked: “It’s like me ending emails with ‘yours sincerely Mr Munday, I want to have sex with you’.”

Representing himself, Mr Munday told the GTCW panel: “I felt I needed to make a shocking response. I used a shocking analogy.”

Mr Powell said: “Mr Munday said he used the language he did to shock the pupil to make her appreciate the inappropriateness of the words. He acknowledges his words may have been overheard by a pupil and, if misinterpreted, may have caused her distress.

“We are satisfied Mr Munday’s language was inappropriate and unprofessional, even though we accept his intention wasn’t to cause distress.”

Deputy headteacher Alwyn Pritchard said pupil A’s mother rang and said her daughter had returned home upset by what the teacher allegedly said to her. Mr Munday resigned a few days later.

In the previous January, while working as a supply teacher at Darland High School, Rossett, Mr Munday was accused of inappropriate conversations with pupils.

Two year 10 “model pupils” had claimed he discussed his first sexual encounter and Cheryl Cole and sang I'm sexy and I know it.

Head Peter Agnew said: “They both knew what Alec Munday had said was wrong.”

He had also allegedly praised a girl’s drawing of a camel by stating “oh, that’s beautiful” and “don’t stop.”

Pupils took it as sexual innuendo and burst into laughter. “I heard the laughter and realised it was about what I said,” Mr Munday said. “I wasn’t trying to be sexual. I was trying to talk about the drawing. It all came out wrong.”

Mr Munday told the committee two girls had asked him about the X Factor judge and he was at first “taken aback”.

He said: “I remembered I must have been to this school and mentioned I previously knew a girl called Cheryl Tweedy who had gone off to be a singer and what happened to her, which was greeted with laughter at the time. The two girls wanted to know more details.”

He denied saying he had been in a sexual relationship with her.

Mr Munday told the committee: “I wish to express my regret these incidents occurred.”

He added: “I left teaching because it was far too stressful in the supply role for the state of my mental health.

“I have no intention of returning to teaching.”

Miss Bryl said Mr Munday qualified in 2010 after a post-graduate course at Bangor University. She said there were three separate occasions and suggested he had “an inability to learn from his mistakes”.

Mr Powell said without retraining there was “a significant risk of repetition of the behaviour”.

The fourth allegation was that he “lost it” when he grabbed a child by the wrist and removed her from his class while a supply teacher at Wood Memorial Primary School at Saltney in March 2011.

Headteacher Ceri Williams said “The class was quite a challenging year four class.”

Teaching assistant Cheryl Evans said: “I thought his actions were inappropriate. The force used was definitely excessive.”

Mr Munday said a disruptive girl had refused to leave class and he “assisted her to her feet” and escorted her across the room.  I felt I had no choice at the time.”

He accepted it amounted to unacceptable conduct.

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