Caldicot 'Harlem Shake' teacher back at work

A CALDICOT teacher is back at work after almost ten months suspension for allegedly taking part in a Harlem Shake video which was posted online.

The Argus understands that Andrew Jones, who teaches religious education at Caldicot Comprehensive School, was suspended on full pay after a 34-second video clip filmed by students was posted on YouTube on February 20.

Now Mr Jones is back teaching at the school.

Initially, Monmouthshire council claimed the teacher had been suspended pending an investigation into a breach of the school’s social media policy.

Chairman of governors at Caldicot School, Peter Newcombe, said at the time the school was following the due policy and procedure in investigating the matter and said he believed Mr Jones had been suspended on full pay.

Speaking on Monday, he said the matter has been dealt with and that Mr Jones had returned to work in December. He said: “The suspension has been lifted and the teacher returned to work last term.”

In a statement issued this week, a council spokesman said the teacher had returned to work in December but refused to provide the exact date or say if any punishment was handed down, citing confidentiality reasons.

Students took to Twitter calling for Mr Jones to be reinstated.

The Harlem Shake was a popular social media craze earlier this year which typically saw people dancing to the song of the same name, by DJ and producer Baauer.

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4:42pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

Hey, Dough Faced Dave
We've been paying this character for 10 months to do Jack Spit.
On Monday bring in a law which gives a public sector employer 28 days, at the end of which, on the 29th day it's either a tribunal on an application to dismiss or immediate complete re-instatement.
This suspension of public sector employees for years while the clerks ("management") do a ritual fandango-consultants in the NHS on £100K a year for example -is an abominable scandal and should stop-now!
Hey, Dough Faced Dave We've been paying this character for 10 months to do Jack Spit. On Monday bring in a law which gives a public sector employer 28 days, at the end of which, on the 29th day it's either a tribunal on an application to dismiss or immediate complete re-instatement. This suspension of public sector employees for years while the clerks ("management") do a ritual fandango-consultants in the NHS on £100K a year for example -is an abominable scandal and should stop-now! Dai Rear
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5:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

fedupjon says...

This is a disgraceful situation caused probably either by the incompetence of senior management at the school or local authority.
This should have been a straightforward case of the teacher failing to comply with the school's policy as seen in the video. Yet it has taken them 10 months to deal with the matter.
No wonder Monmouthshire Council is in such a mess.
This is a disgraceful situation caused probably either by the incompetence of senior management at the school or local authority. This should have been a straightforward case of the teacher failing to comply with the school's policy as seen in the video. Yet it has taken them 10 months to deal with the matter. No wonder Monmouthshire Council is in such a mess. fedupjon
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11:41pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

He should have just made up some story about being seized by demon possession and said that exorcising it by jumping and shaking around was part of some religious ritual, or something - because once employment tribunals hear the word 'it's cos it's me religion, guv' they get frit and *always* back down;)!
He should have just made up some story about being seized by demon possession and said that exorcising it by jumping and shaking around was part of some religious ritual, or something - because once employment tribunals hear the word 'it's cos it's me religion, guv' they get frit and *always* back down;)! Katie Re-Registered
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