St Benedict's Catholic Primary
It seems straight forward enough. James Gallogly is the headmaster of St Benedict's Catholic Primary school in Wilmslow, Cheshire. He is resigning from his post after being accused of rough treatment of a boy with autism:
It was claimed that Mr Gallogly, 45, grabbed the eight year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and pinned him against the wall in the classroom last January.
This was witnessed by a colleague, who reported the incident. Gallogly was suspended when other concerns about his use of discipline were discovered.
The interesting thing is that parents at the school, including the parents of Ryan Johns, the boy pinned to the wall, are furious that he is leaving. Adele Johns and David Deakin say that their son Ryan is difficult to control and that he was happier at school when Gallogly was there:
Mrs Johns said: “This whole situation is a disgrace and the treatment of Mr Gallogly is appalling. When Mr Gallogly was in charge I couldn’t wait to send my kids to the school and if he came back I would gladly send my kids back.
“We wrote a letter in support of Mr Gallogly because we don’t believe he’s done anything. We feel his hand has been forced into resigning.”
Since the head’s suspension Ryan has been excluded for three days for allegedly spitting, biting a teacher and throwing a chair at staff. Step-father Mr Deakin said: “We are not saying Ryan isn’t difficult. We know he is. Before Mr Gallogly’s string of replacements he was never excluded. He loved school. Now he hates it.”