May 13, 2005
Anybody for Fish?
Mr David Benson Pope
From Radio New Zealand:
The Associate Education Minister, David Benson-Pope says allegations that he threw tennis balls at students when he was a teacher are ridiculous, and he refutes them. National's Judith Collins and ACT's Rodney Hide have used parliamentary privilige to make a series of claims about Mr Benson-Pope's behaviour when he taught at Dunedin's Bayfield High School. They included the claim that he tied a student's hands and jammed a tennis ball in his mouth as a punishment, and that he once smacked a pupil hard enough to make his nose bleed. Mr Benson Pope is describing the allegations as disgraceful.
From TVNZ’s webpage on 7 Periods With Mr Gormsby:
"Mr Gormsby is an out-dated, reactionary, racist, sexist teacher completely out of touch with educational theory in the second millennium. He defies the curriculum in every subject and is a disgrace to the profession.
From the Act party website:
David Benson-Pope is proving to be a disgrace as Associate Education Minister and should go back to trying to regulate fish.
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