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Witch hunt against teacher result of false accusation inflamed by radio show and unionist politicians

10 November, 2011 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said that two Unionist politicians and the BBC’s Stephen Nolan Show need to hang their heads in shame after a witch hunt against a catholic Dundonald High School teacher has developed on the internet.

The MLA’s comments came after the Nolan Show carried a false story alleging that the teacher told a pupil to remove a poppy, something which was completely false and has now led to the witch hunt against the teacher.  

“Unionist politicians Jeffrey Donaldson and David McNarry along with the Stephen Nolan Show have added to and inflamed this injustice where a young teacher is now advised by the PSNI not to attend her work.

“The allegations made against the teacher were completely false and a school inquiry proved as much. I have spoken to the teacher involved and she is extremely upset and worried about her future at the school where she has enjoyed working for several years.

“The teacher has attended Remembrance Day ceremonies at the school over those years and has no political axe to grind. Unfortunately this cannot be said of Jeffrey Donaldson and David McNairy who have jumped on this poppy story and what appears a sectarian campaign against the teacher.

“The Stephen Nolan Show ran with the story without investigating the facts and now must accept its responsibility for sensationalising and creating a sectarian, poppy bullying campaign against the teacher.

“The teacher is now also the subject of a sectarian witch hunt on the social media while she cannot attend her work. The Unionists involved and the BBC need to immediately issue an apology to the teacher and the school needs to take action to make sure the teacher can work in a safe environment free from intimidation.” CRÍOCH/END 

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