An outspoken teacher who was banned from the classroom after he said the girls at his school dressed like "Eastern European prostitutes and Kardashian clones," says he doesn’t regret a thing.
Alexander Price taught, until recently, at Denbigh High School in Wales.
But when it was revealed that he was the writer of an anonymous blog detailing his life as a teacher, he was struck off for misconduct.
Denbigh High School teacher Alexander Price was banned from the classroom for at least two years after he found himself in trouble for offending "pupils, parents and colleagues".
In one deleted post, titled "The Problem With Prom", he said that pupils were more interested in the end of term dance than schoolwork. He called the school prom "a shallow, vacuous affair," and said students "only cared about who has spent the most on looking nice".
He went on to say that girls who attended the event arrived looking like a cross between "Eastern European prostitutes and trans-human Kardashian clones" and alleged that some of the kids present had snorted cocaine.
Complaining that girls missed out on education because they spent over half the year planning their outfits for the prom he said that the school itself was responsible for the shallow behaviour.
"Young girls in school fresh-faced or pimpled are plastered in make-up because they feel pressure from all angles, often including the school," he wrote.
He added: "Parents getting paid alone to pay for hair extensions and lip pumping, botox for some and dermal peels for others – make-up so thick that when it cracks it rivals tectonic plates.
"Then there's the fake tan: ludicrous shades and colours that defy even the unlimited variations provided by the human gene."
In another since-removed post, he described the school’s headteacher as "slithering around the school on a foul mission".
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After he was exposed as the author of the "Provoked Pedagogue" blog, Mr Price, 43, was found guilty of professional misconduct and will not be allowed to work as a teacher for two years.
But even after he was struck off the teachers’ register, Mr Price remained defiant, saying he had "no regrets".
Steve Powell, chairing the disciplinary hearing, said Mr Price's blog posts "were critical, they were disrespectful, they were likely to cause offence to any pupil or parent who came across the article".
But Mr Price told the BBC that his blog was "satirical" and insisted he had never set out to offend anyone.
Mr Price added that as soon as suspicions were raised that he was behind the blog he offered his resignation to the headteacher, but maintains that he should not have been struck off and that the school’s excessively harsh reaction had actually made matters worse.
"The second I believed that the school might have an indication [I wrote the blog posts], I took the blog down because it was never my intention to cause offence," he said.
"Paradoxically, it was the school that ended up putting the material in the public sphere," he said.
"If they had just let me resign, as I offered to, then the matters would never have reached the public sphere."
At a disciplinary hearing, Mr Price's union representative, Colin Adkins, of NASUWT, said the ruling was "chilling in that it has inhibited freedom of speech".
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