Shropshire

'Voodoo doll' teacher Roslyn Holloway struck off

A former Telford teacher who threatened pupils with a voodoo doll has been struck off the teaching register.

The General Teaching Council (GTC) heard Roslyn Holloway had pulled hair from one disruptive pupil and wrapped it around a keyring voodoo doll's arm.

Ms Holloway taught pupils with special educational needs at Telford's Lord Silken School until January 2010.

Ms Holloway, who now lives in the Shetland Isles, had admitted six charges of professional misconduct.

The GTC found that Ms Holloway, who did not attend the hearing, had also failed to disclose to the school a caution for battery in 2009.

It heard Ms Holloway had discussed "inappropriate subject matters" with students, including black magic, voodoo, and sticking pins in dolls.

One pupil was told by Ms Holloway that he would drown if the doll was dropped in water.

The GTC also heard Ms Holloway had used offensive language towards pupils.

The panel said the case represented a "significant abuse of trust and the violation of the rights of pupils, some of whom were vulnerable".

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