She was branded a murderer and forced to resign as headmistress after deciding to send the school lamb to slaughter.Which is good news; the loons should not have had such an effect on her career in the first place.
But weeks after being hounded out by a minority of angry parents, Andrea Charman is returning to her post.
Mrs Charman, 53, was convinced to go back by colleagues, members of the county council and her local MP, the former Tory leader Michael Howard.And there a line should be drawn under it. Indulging in hysterics and hyperbole, and drawing in that newest villain, the Internet, should be avoided at all co...
Kent county councillor Sarah Hohler said: 'The community has spoken and made their feelings known loud and clear. There is overwhelming support for her.What sort of 'cyber bullying' are we talking about here?
'The county council does not stand for cyber bullying and any form of intimidation. Under her guidance the school made tremendous progress and I know she will relish the opportunity to continue that work and do her best for the children.'
The row turned sinister and led to a police investigation after Marcus's plight was highlighted on the internet resulting in 'possible threats of criminal damage' against the school.Sounds serious, doesn't it?
Postings on social networking site Facebook encouraged people to target the school.Sounds no different to anything you might see on the 'Mail' or CiF. It's hardly targeted, serious threats, is it? It's simply internet blowhards.
One, by Teresa Marie Compton, read: 'Burn the school down. That'll learn them.' Katie Doolittle wrote: 'Let poor Marcus live and send the headmistress to the abattoir.'
While Lisa Price posted: 'I am livid, the b******* killed him. What goes around comes around.'
If this is to be counted as 'cyber bullying', then I'm not taking seriously any further reports that mention the word...
Mind you, Mrs Charman's supporters aren't the only ones indulging in this:
...parents were divided on Mrs Charman's future. Adele Grant, 41, who has a ten-year-old daughter at the school, said: 'Andrea should have gone six months ago when this all started. Instead she has brought a bad name to our town.*rolls eyes*
'It's got to the stage now where this has divided our town. It's like living in a war zone. When you walk down the street you know who is on your side and who is against you.'
Update: He's Spartacus has a nice suggestion for a welcome back present. ;)