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Gun teacher's claim over sacking
Linda Walker
Linda Walker was convicted of affray and possessing a firearm
A teacher jailed for firing an air pistol near a group of youths is to claim unfair dismissal from her teaching job.

Linda Walker, 48, was dismissed in May from her post at New Park High School in Eccles, Salford, after a disciplinary hearing.

She lost an appeal against the sacking last month.

The NASUWT teachers' union said on Tuesday that it planned to launch a tribunal claim on behalf of Mrs Walker.

Ms Walker, 48, was convicted of affray and possessing a firearm in March. She said she fired the pellet gun after the youths had terrorised her family.

There is something inherently wrong with a situation where the victim's ordeal is greater than those who carried out the abuse in the first place
Chris Keates
NASUWT general secretary

Ms Walker was jailed for six months but freed on appeal on 4 May.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said: "NASUWT intends to pursue all appropriate courses of action to seek redress for Linda Walker.

"She has faced the trauma of a court hearing, imprisonment, and the anxiety of internal school disciplinary proceedings on her release.

"Whilst the union cannot condone taking a gun onto the streets, it is difficult not to understand her extreme distress as a result of months of harassment and abuse.

"No action was taken against any of the youths at whose hands she had suffered.

"There is something inherently wrong with a situation where the victim's ordeal is greater than those who carried out the abuse in the first place."




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