Saturday, June 10, 2006

Top-down bullying

A gob-smacking, appalling, abysmal story of bullying:
The bullying behaviour of an "autocratic" cathedral school headteacher drove her deputy out of her job, a tribunal ruled yesterday.

Catherine Maltbaek, head of the primary school of St Mary in Plymouth, Devon, was accused of the "worst case of bullying ever seen in the workplace". She humiliated her staff in front of pupils and parents, forcing deputy head Sue Preston and several others members of staff to quit, the tribunal panel heard.

One administrator fainted during a telling-off and Mrs Maltbaek berated others for eating at their desks or going to the toilet too often. On one occasion she is said to have repeatedly rung a bell in Mrs Preston's ear "like a town crier" to drown out her voice.
Um, this is a christian school? One can only wonder what the children in that place suffer.


At Tuesday, October 17, 2006 1:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I worked at a Salvation Army nursing home in Exmouth, I witnessed more than once, the matron bullying the staff and some broke down in tears. She also bullied me when I was pregnant and when I answered her back, she ensured that I never again met up with the Salvation Army bosses who visited from time to time. I used to hope she never bullied the vulnerable elderly residents.


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