Parents are outraged over the NSW Education Department's handling of a teacher found to have posted unauthorised photos of young students alongside unrelated images of sex toys on his Facebook page.
The teacher at Hurstville Public School in Sydney's south was allowed to continue teaching despite the department finding his actions in serious breach of its policies, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The man was told to remove the pictures, which included photos of sex toys, bondage equipment and drug paraphernalia, but no further disciplinary action was taken.
In a letter to parents, department executive director Murat Dizdar said the teacher had been issued a written warning.
"This is a serious breach of the (department's) Code of Conduct. The department requires parents to provide permission if children are to be photographed, filmed or otherwise identified," he said.
"Additionally, photographs of students should not be included on a teacher's personal networking site.
"I apologise that this has occurred and can assure you that the photographs have been removed. The teacher apologises unreservedly for his actions."
But one parent, who asked that their name be withheld, said they no longer trusted the man to teach their children.
"It's not our intention to ruin this man's career but we, as a community, have viewed his actions to be inconsistent with our community values," they said.
"(He) has done wrong and we don't have the confidence in him."
Parents planned to protest outside the school this morning.
The teacher, who was hired by the school at the beginning of the year, could not be contacted for comment.
Source: Daily Telegraph
Author: Chloe Ross, Approving editor: Nick Pearson