Sandra Kennedy allowed back to work after teaching children at Ringwood Waldorf School how to cut themselves in lesson

Bournemouth Echo: Teacher who taught pupils how to cut themselves allowed back to work Teacher who taught pupils how to cut themselves allowed back to work

A TEACHER who taught pupils how to cut themselves with craft knives to paint with blood has been allowed to continue teaching.

Sandra Kennedy, 54, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by a National College of Teaching and Leadership panel last week, however they concluded the incident at Ringwood Waldorf School on March 19 last year was “isolated” and “got out of hand”.

Spokesman Paul Heathcote said: “No pupils were significantly harmed in the incident.

“The panel have considered a range of compelling testimonials describing Ms Kennedy as an excellent teacher with exceptional professional skills. The panel are clear that this is an isolated mistake which Ms Kennedy regrets.

“In all these circumstances I agree with the panel's recommendation that it would not be in the public interest to impose a prohibition order.”

The panel heard Ms Kennedy showed two year nine art history pupils how to draw blood from their fingertips with craft knives - each using a new blade - after the pair expressed an interest in painting in blood.

However by the end of the session, 13 pupils had left the main classroom to share blood with the painters and returned with cuts to their arms. Ms Kennedy applied antiseptic and reported the incident to her colleagues.

“We have taken account of Ms Kennedy's observation that she was alarmed at what occurred and she acknowledges in her letter that the lesson had 'veered into an unsafe situation' and 'I had let it get out of control',” state the panel's findings.

“We acknowledge that Ms Kennedy probably did not intend matters to develop in the way that occurred and her intention was only that the two female pupils who had asked to be allowed to paint with their own blood should be involved.”

Nigel Revill, senior management team administrator at Ringwood Waldorf School, said they would not re-employ Ms Kennedy.

“The teacher concerned had resigned during our internal disciplinary procedure, which was invoked when the incident came to light,” he said.

“We were not involved in the hearing and we have no intention of reinstating the teacher. We hope this brings the matter to a close.”

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5:13pm Fri 25 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Unbelievable,how can any parent trust this teacher,if they do they should be examined themselves.
Unbelievable,how can any parent trust this teacher,if they do they should be examined themselves. pete woodley
  • Score: -7

5:51pm Fri 25 Apr 14

contric says...

my lad has 13 o,levels 4 a levels and a masters degree in chemistry no endorsements on his driving license he doesnt drink or smoke and has given up his time in summer to help handicapped children and he has been to london twice at his own expense for interviews for a job in teaching and has been turned down twice without even the courtesy of knowing why after asking the people who interviewed him for an explanation
my lad has 13 o,levels 4 a levels and a masters degree in chemistry no endorsements on his driving license he doesnt drink or smoke and has given up his time in summer to help handicapped children and he has been to london twice at his own expense for interviews for a job in teaching and has been turned down twice without even the courtesy of knowing why after asking the people who interviewed him for an explanation contric
  • Score: -9

6:18pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Fab BamBam says...

So the teacher resigned and the school won't reinstate her...the headline is a little sensationalist (surprise surprise Echo!)
So the teacher resigned and the school won't reinstate her...the headline is a little sensationalist (surprise surprise Echo!) Fab BamBam
  • Score: 7

6:30pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Jimeneyp says...

Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.
Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking. Jimeneyp
  • Score: 7

6:44pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Wesoblind says...

atleast they were not stabbing each other like in the other schools round here, this school looks wonderfull from all the reasearch i have done on it and am hoping to send my children here soon!
atleast they were not stabbing each other like in the other schools round here, this school looks wonderfull from all the reasearch i have done on it and am hoping to send my children here soon! Wesoblind
  • Score: -9

6:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

spooki says...

Jimeneyp wrote:
Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.
So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"?
If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?
[quote][p][bold]Jimeneyp[/bold] wrote: Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.[/p][/quote]So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"? If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it? spooki
  • Score: 15

7:50pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Vikki27 says...

spooki wrote:
Jimeneyp wrote:
Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.
So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"?
If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?
Well...we're talking about using a craft knife to, essentially, just draw a small quantity of blood from a fingertip. They aren't being taught how to cut themselves in any way that would promote self-harm. And they weren't being taught it as a recreational activity. I can't say I would be 100% okay, but I certainly wouldn't have a dramatic reaction to it and I'll tell you why. If an art pupil showed an interest in painting with their own blood, they'd have done it whether someone showed them or not. The teacher really just showed them a safe way to do it.

Frankly, if I had a child who wanted to do something that...shall we say, unusual...I'd rather they did it in the safety of a school, with a teacher present, than secretively somewhere.

I think it's important to get these things in perspective, and that's something that gets lost a lot in the media. The use of blood in art is not a new concept. Various body parts have been used in a number of great pieces of art over the years. The kid didn't haemorrhage, they weren't being abused, they weren't self-harming in 'that' sense. The teacher didn't endanger the pupils in any way shape or form.

Honestly, I don't think I'd actually be unhappy having this teacher in charge of my child.
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimeneyp[/bold] wrote: Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.[/p][/quote]So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"? If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?[/p][/quote]Well...we're talking about using a craft knife to, essentially, just draw a small quantity of blood from a fingertip. They aren't being taught how to cut themselves in any way that would promote self-harm. And they weren't being taught it as a recreational activity. I can't say I would be 100% okay, but I certainly wouldn't have a dramatic reaction to it and I'll tell you why. If an art pupil showed an interest in painting with their own blood, they'd have done it whether someone showed them or not. The teacher really just showed them a safe way to do it. Frankly, if I had a child who wanted to do something that...shall we say, unusual...I'd rather they did it in the safety of a school, with a teacher present, than secretively somewhere. I think it's important to get these things in perspective, and that's something that gets lost a lot in the media. The use of blood in art is not a new concept. Various body parts have been used in a number of great pieces of art over the years. The kid didn't haemorrhage, they weren't being abused, they weren't self-harming in 'that' sense. The teacher didn't endanger the pupils in any way shape or form. Honestly, I don't think I'd actually be unhappy having this teacher in charge of my child. Vikki27
  • Score: 13

8:13pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

contric wrote:
my lad has 13 o,levels 4 a levels and a masters degree in chemistry no endorsements on his driving license he doesnt drink or smoke and has given up his time in summer to help handicapped children and he has been to london twice at his own expense for interviews for a job in teaching and has been turned down twice without even the courtesy of knowing why after asking the people who interviewed him for an explanation
perhapes its his apearance whats he look and suond like George
could be what am his spellings like you know.
is he very short or somethink like that.
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: my lad has 13 o,levels 4 a levels and a masters degree in chemistry no endorsements on his driving license he doesnt drink or smoke and has given up his time in summer to help handicapped children and he has been to london twice at his own expense for interviews for a job in teaching and has been turned down twice without even the courtesy of knowing why after asking the people who interviewed him for an explanation[/p][/quote]perhapes its his apearance whats he look and suond like George could be what am his spellings like you know. is he very short or somethink like that. nickynoodah
  • Score: -7

9:02pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

OK, OK, big deal, a teacher made a mistake, it happens

I remember in primary school we had gone to Wiltshire on a camping/Stonehenge type thing with the school. To my surprise at around midnight, our head teacher Mr Perkins burst naked into my tent and got into my sleeping bag with me saying he was scared because he had heard Bears outside his tent.
It was only some years later that I realised what Mr Perkins really was.
He was an idiot because there are no Bears in Wiltshire or even in England for that matter.
We all make mistakes sometimes.
OK, OK, big deal, a teacher made a mistake, it happens I remember in primary school we had gone to Wiltshire on a camping/Stonehenge type thing with the school. To my surprise at around midnight, our head teacher Mr Perkins burst naked into my tent and got into my sleeping bag with me saying he was scared because he had heard Bears outside his tent. It was only some years later that I realised what Mr Perkins really was. He was an idiot because there are no Bears in Wiltshire or even in England for that matter. We all make mistakes sometimes. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 16

9:08pm Fri 25 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

Another twisted headline!
Another twisted headline! hooplaa
  • Score: 4

10:05pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ilikeadventures says...

This article is ridiculous. I attended the school and was taught art by this skilled, kind and thoughtful individual for several years. She is a brilliant teacher, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning in her classroom. This story has been twisted into something it isn't, and has been blown entirely out of proportion. No children were significantly harmed, it was a mistake, and she has apologised for it. These children were 13/14 years of age, and were more than capable of using their brains and realising that perhaps it wasn't such a good idea, kids of similar ages at other schools across the UK are getting up to far worse. Obviously the Echo is a bit short on news stories these days, but they should really be digging for dirt elsewhere.
This article is ridiculous. I attended the school and was taught art by this skilled, kind and thoughtful individual for several years. She is a brilliant teacher, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning in her classroom. This story has been twisted into something it isn't, and has been blown entirely out of proportion. No children were significantly harmed, it was a mistake, and she has apologised for it. These children were 13/14 years of age, and were more than capable of using their brains and realising that perhaps it wasn't such a good idea, kids of similar ages at other schools across the UK are getting up to far worse. Obviously the Echo is a bit short on news stories these days, but they should really be digging for dirt elsewhere. ilikeadventures
  • Score: 8

10:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

sprintervanman says...

No doubt next the welfare parents will be up in arms if a teacher explains to a lad how to put on a condom to prevent the top up of their tax payers 'salary'
No doubt next the welfare parents will be up in arms if a teacher explains to a lad how to put on a condom to prevent the top up of their tax payers 'salary' sprintervanman
  • Score: 8

10:44pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Theo63 says...

spooki wrote:
Jimeneyp wrote:
Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.
So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"?
If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?
Totally agree Spooki! I don't think this article is being made over dramatic at all. I cannot think of any circumstances where I would have been happy if this had happened to my daughter at school.

Personally I don't think teachers are underpaid - starting salary is around £21000 which is more than many graduates earn. My daughter and her boyfriend graduated last year and they knew many students who graduated in teaching. They have said on on several occasions that many of them weren't suitable teaching candidates, citing many of them as having no common sense, terrible general knowledge and low morals.

I understand that this doesn't apply to all teachers as there are good ones around but there is a large proportion of awful ones too!
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimeneyp[/bold] wrote: Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.[/p][/quote]So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"? If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?[/p][/quote]Totally agree Spooki! I don't think this article is being made over dramatic at all. I cannot think of any circumstances where I would have been happy if this had happened to my daughter at school. Personally I don't think teachers are underpaid - starting salary is around £21000 which is more than many graduates earn. My daughter and her boyfriend graduated last year and they knew many students who graduated in teaching. They have said on on several occasions that many of them weren't suitable teaching candidates, citing many of them as having no common sense, terrible general knowledge and low morals. I understand that this doesn't apply to all teachers as there are good ones around but there is a large proportion of awful ones too! Theo63
  • Score: -2

11:16pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Old Colonial says...

contric wrote:
my lad has 13 o,levels 4 a levels and a masters degree in chemistry no endorsements on his driving license he doesnt drink or smoke and has given up his time in summer to help handicapped children and he has been to london twice at his own expense for interviews for a job in teaching and has been turned down twice without even the courtesy of knowing why after asking the people who interviewed him for an explanation
So?
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: my lad has 13 o,levels 4 a levels and a masters degree in chemistry no endorsements on his driving license he doesnt drink or smoke and has given up his time in summer to help handicapped children and he has been to london twice at his own expense for interviews for a job in teaching and has been turned down twice without even the courtesy of knowing why after asking the people who interviewed him for an explanation[/p][/quote]So? Old Colonial
  • Score: 2

11:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

sammmymac says...

contric wrote:
my lad has 13 o,levels 4 a levels and a masters degree in chemistry no endorsements on his driving license he doesnt drink or smoke and has given up his time in summer to help handicapped children and he has been to london twice at his own expense for interviews for a job in teaching and has been turned down twice without even the courtesy of knowing why after asking the people who interviewed him for an explanation
Does he actually have any teaching experience or teaching qualifications though? It's not a job you can just walk into!
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: my lad has 13 o,levels 4 a levels and a masters degree in chemistry no endorsements on his driving license he doesnt drink or smoke and has given up his time in summer to help handicapped children and he has been to london twice at his own expense for interviews for a job in teaching and has been turned down twice without even the courtesy of knowing why after asking the people who interviewed him for an explanation[/p][/quote]Does he actually have any teaching experience or teaching qualifications though? It's not a job you can just walk into! sammmymac
  • Score: 8

9:12am Sat 26 Apr 14

echor23 says...

Vikki27 wrote:
spooki wrote:
Jimeneyp wrote:
Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.
So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"?
If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?
Well...we're talking about using a craft knife to, essentially, just draw a small quantity of blood from a fingertip. They aren't being taught how to cut themselves in any way that would promote self-harm. And they weren't being taught it as a recreational activity. I can't say I would be 100% okay, but I certainly wouldn't have a dramatic reaction to it and I'll tell you why. If an art pupil showed an interest in painting with their own blood, they'd have done it whether someone showed them or not. The teacher really just showed them a safe way to do it.

Frankly, if I had a child who wanted to do something that...shall we say, unusual...I'd rather they did it in the safety of a school, with a teacher present, than secretively somewhere.

I think it's important to get these things in perspective, and that's something that gets lost a lot in the media. The use of blood in art is not a new concept. Various body parts have been used in a number of great pieces of art over the years. The kid didn't haemorrhage, they weren't being abused, they weren't self-harming in 'that' sense. The teacher didn't endanger the pupils in any way shape or form.

Honestly, I don't think I'd actually be unhappy having this teacher in charge of my child.
Note - it's generally the people who don't had kids that seem this to be ok!!! That's the crux of it though isn't it...people that don't have kids have no possible idea of what this incident does to a parent!!! Parents are so devoted and so in love with their children that for any speck of harm to come to them is a gash in our hearts. Actually I feel sad for the people that think this ok and don't have kids as they evidently have no idea what love, respect and care a parent holds for their children and that is horribly sad.
[quote][p][bold]Vikki27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimeneyp[/bold] wrote: Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.[/p][/quote]So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"? If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?[/p][/quote]Well...we're talking about using a craft knife to, essentially, just draw a small quantity of blood from a fingertip. They aren't being taught how to cut themselves in any way that would promote self-harm. And they weren't being taught it as a recreational activity. I can't say I would be 100% okay, but I certainly wouldn't have a dramatic reaction to it and I'll tell you why. If an art pupil showed an interest in painting with their own blood, they'd have done it whether someone showed them or not. The teacher really just showed them a safe way to do it. Frankly, if I had a child who wanted to do something that...shall we say, unusual...I'd rather they did it in the safety of a school, with a teacher present, than secretively somewhere. I think it's important to get these things in perspective, and that's something that gets lost a lot in the media. The use of blood in art is not a new concept. Various body parts have been used in a number of great pieces of art over the years. The kid didn't haemorrhage, they weren't being abused, they weren't self-harming in 'that' sense. The teacher didn't endanger the pupils in any way shape or form. Honestly, I don't think I'd actually be unhappy having this teacher in charge of my child.[/p][/quote]Note - it's generally the people who don't had kids that seem this to be ok!!! That's the crux of it though isn't it...people that don't have kids have no possible idea of what this incident does to a parent!!! Parents are so devoted and so in love with their children that for any speck of harm to come to them is a gash in our hearts. Actually I feel sad for the people that think this ok and don't have kids as they evidently have no idea what love, respect and care a parent holds for their children and that is horribly sad. echor23
  • Score: 3

9:18am Sat 26 Apr 14

echor23 says...

It's disgusting this woman is allowed to continue teaching and if she walked into a school my children were in my children's would be out straight away. No adult in charge of children of any age should allow ANY harm to come to those kids deliberately. Also 'isolated' incident!!! Psychopaths have isolated incidents!!!! No wonder our education system is in such a bad way! Hey kids today we are going to cut ourselves and we are fine with it!
It's disgusting this woman is allowed to continue teaching and if she walked into a school my children were in my children's would be out straight away. No adult in charge of children of any age should allow ANY harm to come to those kids deliberately. Also 'isolated' incident!!! Psychopaths have isolated incidents!!!! No wonder our education system is in such a bad way! Hey kids today we are going to cut ourselves and we are fine with it! echor23
  • Score: 2

4:30pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Boscomite says...

spooki wrote:
Jimeneyp wrote:
Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.
So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"?
If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?
If they're going to do it anyway. It's best that they are shown how to do it safely.
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimeneyp[/bold] wrote: Another Bournemouth Echo teacher witch hunt. All I seem to read these days in the echo is negative comments about teachers, people who dedicate their lives to helping young people achieve their potential. Teachers are human and make mistakes like the rest of us, they are hugely overworked and underpaid especially for a job which requires such a high level of education. Give them a break Bournemouth Echo!! Find a real story for once instead of nitpicking.[/p][/quote]So it's ok to teach kids how to cut themselves when they show an "interest in drawing with blood"? If your children came home after this kind of lesson, you'd be ok with it?[/p][/quote]If they're going to do it anyway. It's best that they are shown how to do it safely. Boscomite
  • Score: -5

9:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

guisselle says...

Is Dracula's bride going to be monitored while being allowed to teach, hope that
the pupils will be older and so be less vulnerable.
Is Dracula's bride going to be monitored while being allowed to teach, hope that the pupils will be older and so be less vulnerable. guisselle
  • Score: 0

10:51pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Theo63 says...

I am amazed at the comments on here where people seem to think this teacher's behaviour is acceptable. No wonder the world is such a mess!
I am amazed at the comments on here where people seem to think this teacher's behaviour is acceptable. No wonder the world is such a mess! Theo63
  • Score: 0

7:41am Sun 27 Apr 14

echor23 says...

Theo63 wrote:
I am amazed at the comments on here where people seem to think this teacher's behaviour is acceptable. No wonder the world is such a mess!
Totally agree with you. It's unbelievable especially the comment that states 'if they're going to do it best they are taught how to cut themselves safely', clearly someone who has no idea of children and no idea of life for that matter. It's pure ignorance.
Albeit the woman has been allowed to teach to be honest in sure shell get her karma in that no decent school would hire her. The parents would boycott the school if this woman entered it. The education system is a farce nowadays though so who knows but I doubt it will be easy for her to be re employed!
[quote][p][bold]Theo63[/bold] wrote: I am amazed at the comments on here where people seem to think this teacher's behaviour is acceptable. No wonder the world is such a mess![/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. It's unbelievable especially the comment that states 'if they're going to do it best they are taught how to cut themselves safely', clearly someone who has no idea of children and no idea of life for that matter. It's pure ignorance. Albeit the woman has been allowed to teach to be honest in sure shell get her karma in that no decent school would hire her. The parents would boycott the school if this woman entered it. The education system is a farce nowadays though so who knows but I doubt it will be easy for her to be re employed! echor23
  • Score: 1

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