A maths teacher who invented the deaths of three girlfriends to take time off work has been banned from teaching.‘My girlfriend died’…? Is that the teaching equivalent of ‘the dog ate my homework’?
David Flinn, who skipped school to attend their fictitious funerals, was suspended from Hartlepool's Manor College of Technology in 2006.
They heard Mr Flinn also falsified claims of ill health, inventing elaborate stories about his misfortunes.Hmmm, shouldn’t alarm bells have been ringing at this sort of behaviour?
He came into school with a walking stick, telling colleagues he had been injured by a car during a hit-and-run incident.
On another occasion, Flinn appeared at work with his arm bandaged, explaining to staff that he had been given an implant to control his adrenalin levels.
Oh. They were. But what the hell, he’s a teacher, right? Gotta stick together:
The college's deputy headteacher, Martin Robson, told the hearing: "There was a suspicion that something wasn't right, but we continued to support him.Because you let him….
"He engaged in systematic and wilful deceit over a long period of time."
And it seems his sins weren’t confined to attention-seeking and work-dodging:
Karen Cork, presenting officer for the General Teaching Council, said Flinn had also communicated in an over-familiar and sexual manner with pupils, asking them details of their sex lives and encouraging them to confide in him.When..? And to whom…?
She said that several pupils had reported feeling uneasy in his presence.
We aren’t told, but I’d be interested to know if that also was glossed over by the management.
Still, no reason to be too harsh, is there?
The panel ruled that although Mr Flinn was adamant he would not return to the profession, he could apply to regain permission to teach in 2014.