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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A Newham College lecturer recorded making homophobic remarks has been sacked.
Head of performing arts Mark Walcott was suspended in November after the tape recording, made by a fellow teacher, was posted online by staff frustrated that no action had been taken against him.
The recording is thought to be from January 2012 after which staff raised their concerns with the college top brass.
The release prompted the college to launch an internal investigation and the taking of a “leave of absence” by principal Denise Browne-Stackey.
Today a spokesman for the college declined to comment on her future with the college.
In a statement, the college said: “Following the online publication of a recording in which Mark Walcott expressed views wholly unacceptable to us, Newham College formally suspended Mr Walcott with effect from November 25.
“On December 9 the college formally terminated its relationship with Mr Walcott through his company Stratford MADA.”
It adds: “Newham College’s mission, policies and ethos are all firmly rooted in equality of opportunity, and it will not tolerate the College being used to express views that are contrary to this.”
In the 50-minute recording, Dr Walcott is heard saying: “You can find people that are gay... and they’re using their sexuality to stream through the way they teach the students, to boy children especially in boy schools.
“And those boys are becoming gay not because they have a gay gene but because they have gay teachers who are indoctrinating them with their gay mentality.”
Dr Walcott is also heard claiming he has asked gay teachers to leave schools in the past and that he believes gay teachers’ sexuality can stop them doing their jobs properly.