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Teacher fired for knife threat on pupil loses dismissal case /; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: PETE SWINGLER Special Correspondent

ATEACHER sacked after allegedly threatening a pupil with a craft-knife has lost his claim for racial discrimination against the education authority.

Damieon Herry - also accused of pulling a student's blazer and swearing - said he'd been victimised and harassed at Dudley's Hillcrest School and Community College because of his Caribbean background.

He also made a legal claim for disability discrimination against Dudley Council after complaining he was struck with a brick by white youths while travelling on a bus in Lower Gornal.

After several hearings over 14 months, Mr Herry has now lost all his legal claims. At a Birmingham Employment Tribunal, judge David Dimbylow decided the 40-year-old was not disabled and that the other legal claims were not "well founded".

Mr Herry, from Broadway Dudley, was alleged to have threatened the pupil in front of 30 students. He was suspended for four months and dismissed in May this year. He had been a full-time teacher since 2008.

Mr Herry, who also worked at Lower Gornal Youth Centre, said he was regarded at the school as a "culture shock" and given "unwarranted attention" because of his teaching style and personality.

"I was the only black Caribbean male teacher in the school and the subject of false allegations and unfavourable treatment," he said.

Mr Herry complained one pupil had called him an insulting six letter name.

Another used a mock Caribbean accent to cause trouble, he complained.

He alleged he alone was monitored through a diary of his activities. "It was all racially motivated," he said.

The council maintained Mr Herry had failed to provide sick notes while suffering from stress and depression and had not worked since 2011.

Mr Herry denied all the allegations and complained he had been victimised, harassed and bullied by staff and pupils.


Hillcrest School, Dudley, where Damieon Herry worked

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2015
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