Technology teacher allegedly posted unacceptable comments on forum
A teacher accused of using a school laptop to spread religious intolerance on the internet had his misconduct case adjourned today.
Adam Walker, a member of the British National Party, is alleged to have posted comments "suggestive of racial and religious intolerance" in an online forum between February and March 2007. At the time, Walker was a technology teacher at Houghton Kepier sports college in Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland.
Walker, an ex-soldier, asked the General Teaching Council's panel, which was hearing his case in Birmingham today, to stay the proceedings because he was not represented by a lawyer.
Patrick Harrington, Walker's trade union representative, told the panel his client was being denied a right to a fair hearing. The panel rejected this, but granted his request for an adjournment.
Walker, from Spennymoor, County Durham, plans to examine whether he is able to seek a judicial review of the panel's decision that he did not have to be represented by a lawyer. The case was adjourned until April 29 – unless an application for judicial review is made before April 22.