Newham College crisis: Principal steps down as ITV News exposes homophobia

Sue Sanders, co-chair Schools OUT will be speaking at Morley on February 6th 2014.

The Principal at Newham College has stepped down after ITV News exposed homophobia within senior management.

Last Wednesday ITV broadcast a secret recording of academic Dr Mark Wallcot comparing gay teachers to members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Last night an emergency meeting was held by the board of Governors who have now ordered an investigation into a number of serious allegations.

In a statement to ITV News today, Newham College said:

In light of recent events concerning an online recording expressing views which do not reflect the values of Newham College, and in the best interests of the College, the Board of Governors has agreed with the Principal, Denise Brown-Sackey, that she will take a leave of absence, pending an independent investigation into recent allegations.

Peter Tatchell has also commented on the story in Pink News:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/11/29/peter-tatchell-newham-college-seems-to-have-ignored-concerns-about-anti-gay-lecturer-mark-walcott/

The incident has also been reported in the mainstream press:

Dailty Express:  http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/445488/Newham-college-boss-mark-walcott-suspended-rant-over-gayism-elton-john-and-ku-klux-klan

London Evening Satandard: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-college-lecturer-suspended-after-secret-tape-reveals-he-compared-gay-teachers-to-the-ku-klux-klan-in-staff-room-rant-8969489.html


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http://www.itv.com/news/london/2013-11-28/newham-college-crisis-principal-steps-down-as-itv-news-exposes-homophobia/

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