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NASUWT Conference ’19 Upskirting law does not go far enough, Keates says

A NEW law prohibiting “upskirting” does not go far enough in protecting teachers, NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said.

The teachers’ union recently sought a judicial review after a school in the north of Ireland refused to expel a boy who took pictures and videos up the skirts of two female teachers.

Now reps say that the recent criminalisation of the practice in England does not tackle the wider issue of “image abuse.”

Speaking at NASUWT conference yesterday, Ms Keates said that teachers’ faces had been photoshopped onto pornographic images and circulated among pupils.

“We’ve had members who have actually become quite seriously ill or who have left the profession because they’ve had their photograph posted on pornographic images that have been distributed,” she said.

She said the menace had been exacerbated by schools featuring staff photographs on their websites.

“In this day and age it’s sad to have to say it but I do think schools have got to think really seriously about staff safety and unfortunately I don’t think that they do,” she said.

“I think they spend a lot of time thinking about pupil safety but they don’t think about staff safety.

“I think if there has been any issue in a school about safety of teachers’ abuse of images, the safest thing to do is remove those photographs until you’re looked at what is the way you’re going to deal with the issue.”

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