Teacher's intimidation condemned

Published Sunday, 02 February 2014
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Sinn Féin says one of their councillors, who is a teacher at a north Belfast school, has suffered sectarian intimidation and has been unable to return to her job because of the abuse.

Teacher's intimidation condemned
Graffiti also appeared close to the school grounds. (© UTV)

Catherine Seeley is a representative for the party on Craigavon Borough Council and teaches at the Belfast Boys' Model School.

However, Sinn Féin has said the 25-year-old has been unable to return to the job after she suffered sectarian intimidation.

The intimidation occurred after a message, posted on the Facebook page of the Protestant Coalition, called for parents to protest to have her removed from her teaching post because of her links with Sinn Féin and because of her alleged involvement in "marches, memorials and demonstrations".

Sinn Féin Education Spokesman Chris Hazzard said the woman had not returned to her job because of what he described as "sectarian targeting".

He said: "No teacher, whatever their beliefs or religion, should be singled out and targeted in such a way.

"It is now high time for unionist political leaders to face down these rejectionist elements and come out to strongly defend the right of people to live and work free from sectarian harassment."

Responding on Facebook, the Protestant Coalition said it had informed "the Protestant, unionist, loyalist community" of the woman's background, which was already in the public domain.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
martin in belfast wrote (355 days ago):
good to see that her pupils have come out and fully supported her in public. leaving the idiots that started this whole situation with the rug pulled completely from under them. Another victory against the small minded fools.
mick in derry wrote (356 days ago):
well said boru, spot on!
mark in Belfast wrote (356 days ago):
This should be condemned by all means, however, religion and politics have no place in our schools.
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (356 days ago):
So much for Sinn Fein's no double jobbing policy...
Sunny in Belfast wrote (356 days ago):
This is deplorable behavior. Yes the information is out there about her background but that is no excuse to encourage people to target her. This is her job, her livelihood and yet Protestant Coalition will deny they cost people anything but they will gleefully cost this woman her ability to earn money and her ability to feel safe. This is ridiculous. People are entitled to their own views, she hasn't hurt anyone.
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