Big-mouthed teacher, 61, gets kicked out after swearing in class and joking that a student was ‘a pedophile’ for teaching kids to swim
- Teacher Richard Lewis repeatedly joked that one of his students was a pedophile
- Students say he regularly swore in class and told “explicit or inappropriate stories.”
- The 61-year-old has been removed from the education register for the next three years
A foul-mouthed media teacher has been dropped after he swore repeatedly in class and called a student a “pedophile” for being a children’s swimming coach.
Richard Lewis, 61, was investigated after a student complained about his behavior while teaching at Coleg Sir Gar college in Llanelli, Wales.
A committee heard that he made sexist comments about women and “told stories with explicit or inappropriate content” to students.
He repeatedly joked that a boy called Student E was a pedophile, on one occasion the boy went to work when Mr. Lewis asked, “You’re going to touch children now, aren’t you?”
He is also said to have told stories to students from his days in a rock band, recalling that he “ stood on stage wearing a jockstrap and a pig’s head and fired fireworks from his crotch. ”
A disciplinary panel found that four allegations of wrongdoing had been proven against him and that he was banned from the educational register for three years.
Media teacher Richard Lewis, 61, has been banned for the next three years after a panel heard that he repeatedly called a student a pedophile, while also making sexist comments and ‘telling stories with explicit or inappropriate content’
A 16-year-old girl on his creative media course said she was reduced to tears when Mr. Lewis mocked her for rubbing her boots and asked if she could get a band-aid.
She told the committee she asked if she could get a band-aid when the ‘stubborn’ Mr Lewis told her, ‘This is why women don’t get the job they want because they show up in ridiculous stiletto heels and walk barefoot. It’s also why they don’t get equal rights with wages. ‘
The girl – called only Student J – said Mr. Lewis “didn’t have a filter” and swore frequently in class.
She said, “He’d say how the hell did you do that?” I thought if someone had walked into class they would have been kicked off for swearing so much. ‘
Presenting officer Ashanti-Jade Walton said a report had been found: “On one or more occasions he made comments referring to student E as a pedophile.”
More than once he swore in front of students, including the terms f **, s *** and c ** p.
“He also told students stories with explicit or inappropriate content and that the alleged behavior was inappropriate or offensive.”
At the hearing, it was told that Mr. Lewis would be telling stories about his time on tour with the 1970s rock group called Pig Iron.
Once he allegedly told the students that he had “stood on stage with a jockstrap and a pig’s head to shoot fireworks from his crotch.”
He also told stories of naked dancers, intimate piercings, and a man dancing while a leather-clad nurse held his catheter.
A disciplinary panel found four allegations of wrongdoing against him proven to amount to unacceptable professional conduct.
He was cleared of allegedly making a comment in which he said: ‘Look at the size of her boobs. I bet she would love a shag and call one a ‘slapper’.
Mr. Lewis admitted to making the other comments, saying, “I’m not hiding from anything, I said I did. I have had plenty of time to think and I am very embarrassed by the issues that have been raised.
“I’m deeply ashamed of the comments now, especially when they are said in a joke.”
Mr Lewis, who taught creative media to Coleg Sir Gar in Wales, said he was “deeply ashamed” of his comments. One panel found that his behavior “lagged significantly” behind educational standards
Chairman Peter Owen said there were “multiple times” that Mr. Lewis swore in front of students and the words were “particularly concerning.”
Mr. Owen said the pedophile jokes were “completely inappropriate and offensive” even if they were “handed down as a joke.”
He added, “It is completely inappropriate to joke about the term ‘pedophile’ in any context, and it is clear that Student E found it very disturbing.”
Mr. Owen said, “Mr. Lewis made derogatory and sexist remarks to student J in front of other students. His comments were inappropriate and offensive, and his conduct had not gone from being a registered professional. ‘
Mr. Lewis has been banned from removing him from the education register for three years when he can reapply.
Mr. Owen said, “He has behaved in a manner that is inappropriate and unacceptable to a professional person. His actions fell significantly short. ‘
Mr. Lewis has 28 days to appeal the ruling.