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Tuesday, 12 March, 2002, 11:33 GMT
Pupil loses porn expulsion appeal
A teenager accused of creating a pornographic website remains excluded from a south Wales school after his family lost an appeal against the decision.

The 15-year-old boy - expelled in January from Glan Afan Comprehensive in Port Talbot - is believed to have designed the website at home then e-mailed it to computers at his school.

Glan Afan School, Port Talbot
Pupils' names appeared on the offensive material

The imported site then flashed up on the school's internal website.

The initial decision was made at an internal inquiry at the school, and the appeal was heard at a Neath Port Talbot Council tribunal.

The family of the teenager - who claim his education has been interrupted at a "crucial stage" - said that they are considering further legal action.

Six more pupils who were implicated in the incident were also given fixed-term exclusions, with no right to appeal.

Support for action

Head teacher Lynn Hunt conducted interviews with parents and 20 pupils before banning those involved in the incident.

At the end of February, Mr Hunt was given the full support of his governors for his decision to expel the boy.

The children involved had tried to explain the website as a "joke which went wrong."

Education chiefs said the pages did not feature any pornographic pictures.

They said that all the offensive material on the site, which contained the names of both boys and girls at the school, was in the "written word."

Neath Port Talbot Education Director Karl Napieralla said the internet was a "major learning resource" throughout schools in the county.

"All schools in Neath Port Talbot have received detailed guidance on appropriate Codes of Practice for staff and pupils in the use of the internet and appropriate training has been given to designated staff," he said.

"In the case in question, it is the understanding that a website was set up outside the school and was identified by the school as soon as one of the school computers was used by a pupil to access that website.

"It appears, therefore, that the internal arrangement in place in the school and the overall authority strategy did work appropriately in this case but the local education authority and its schools will continue to closely monitor the whole issue of internet security."

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