Headteacher investigated for branding former pupil ‘Jabba the Sl*t’ in old tweet

A headteacher is under investigation for branding a former pupil "Jabba the Sl*t" in a 10-year-old tweet.

Rachael Hallam, now headteacher of Oldham Academy North in Greater Manchester, is under fire after historic tweets on her account, which branded a pupil as a 'sl*t' and a 'sl*g', came to light

She has been accused of posting a series of offensive tweets that targeted her students including posts that mocked 'chavs' and called someone a 'massive sl*g' , while she was a teacher.

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Actress Jameela Jamil tweeted "Jabba the sl*t" was the "best name I've heard", to which Ms Hallam responded: "We used to call a girl at school this. I'm the teacher."

One post, calling 'chavs' uneducated said: "We can throw things at the chav, a classic example of having no GCSEs."

Other comments show Ms Hallam referring to someone as a "sg, a massive sg" while two separate posts comment on race.

One tweet read: "Who's that black kid on Angela's picture?" to which Ms Hallam replied: "Erm, it's Fabrice Muamba."

She also tweeted in response to someone else: "But Dale, you are black."

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The tweets are from 2011 – 2012 when she worked as a teacher at another school.

Ms Hallam's Twitter account and the tweets were deleted last week when the allegations spread on social media.

But screenshots of the tweets have been widely shared on social media, with people sharing them saying that teachers need to be aware of their digital footprint.

A spokesperson for E-ACT, the trust that runs the school said: “We are aware of allegations relating to historical social media activity by a member of staff at one of our academies, prior to their employment with us.

“We take any allegation of discrimination seriously.

“We are reviewing the material that has come to our attention and will handle this through our usual internal processes.”


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