- March 2011
Teaching assistant Khalid Akram contacted us to blow the whistle on the appalling racist abuse he had suffered while working as a teaching assistant at school.
Khalid was in the middle of a employment tribunal case but wanted to expose the problems he suffered to try to make sure no-one else went through the same ordeal.
The story was originally sold to The People newspaper and thenh followed up by the Daily Mail and various local newspapers and TV
The coverage helped give Khalid the courage to continue his fight for justice.
A teaching assistant claims he 'felt like jumping in front of a bus' after being punched, racially abused, attacked with a compass and forced to call police when a student threatened to rape his wife and children.
Khalid Akram says he even received a death threat from a teenage pupil at the school where he worked in Burnley, Lancashire, but nothing was done despite him filing dozens of complaints to bosses.
He claims he was left with post-traumatic stress disorder following the Rose School's failure to deal with the abuse, and is now set to go to tribunal alleging unfair dismissal.
He told The People: 'I've been to hell and back over this.
'I've been degraded and treated worse than an animal but no one was there to help me.
'From Day One I was kicked punched, spat at and called things like P*** b****** and Bin Laden.'
As part of his case, CCTV images will be used, including scenes in which:
- a 13-year-old boy is held back by other staff after he headbutts a teacher who is trying to stop him attack Khalid. The teenager then lets fly a high kick and spits at the shocked teaching assistant. A fortnight later, Khalid claims he said he was going to 'get you and your family'.
In another incident, in April 2009, a pupil said he was 'going to rape your P*** wife and kids' and kicked him on the wrist. The head refused to call police, but he felt he should 'for my own safety', according to the paper.
Footage: CCTV footage apparently shows one pupil trying to kick Khalid in a school corridor
The following month, he says he was headbutted, while in June he 'felt like jumping in front of a bus' after yet more abuse. Later that month, he filled in several racist incident forms, including for being spat at and after one pupil said he was 'going to die'.
And he claims even a colleague - who he says subsequently apologised - talked of going to the 'P*** shop'.
The 34-year-old kept a diary of the abuse he claims to have suffered at the Burnley school, which has 40 places for students aged 11-16 with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties.
Lunge: Another piece of CCTV seems to show a girl running down the corridor at Khalid shortly before hitting him
Punch: The 13-year-old girl seems to hit Khalid in a school doorway
He started there in January 2009, as it was closer to his home than his previous job, but was sacked in the July for alleged dishonesty and falsifying his CV, according to the newspaper.
The tribunal is set for September.
Lancashire county Council declined to comment because 'the matter is subject to the legal process'.
A school source told The People that many staff received abuse at the school, which is a special school for those with behavioural difficulties.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361095/Teaching-assistant-driven-hell-racist-abuse-violence-hands-teenage-PUPILS.html#ixzz1IvbjNAAT.