Victoria Jones, 23, taught in the Ringland Primary School Nursery. She has recently been banned from the classroom for two years. Her crime? Nothing that she did was illegal or even dealt with her job. No, it was in her personal life on Facebook.
Here’s the story: Miss Jones created a scandalous fictitious life for herself. Her ex boyfriend, Daniel Barberini, was the victim of this lie. After the couple broke up, Miss Jones contacted Mr. Barberini to tell him that she was the mother of his child, who she called Keira. In her rather large web of lies, she also said there was another child, a twin of Keira’s, a boy named Harrison who had died shortly after birth. Miss Jones explained to Mr. Barberini that he could not see his daughter because she was now living in Australia.
The plot thickens: Miss Jones used pictures of a friend’s daughter (Aliyah, daughter of Sarah Jensen, also 23) that she took from facebook to show to her Mr. Barberini and claim as her own child. This lie went on for almost two years. The pictures that Miss Jones used showed the child after she was born, at Christmas, her birthday, and around the house.
The lie was finally given away when a friend of Mr. Barberini recognized the child as Sarah Jenson’s.
The officers ruled she had done nothing against the law. The disciplinary hearing said Miss Jones used the pictures in an unprofessional way, and though they happened in her personal life, they compromised her position of trust. Panel chairman John Collins said, “Although acts were conducted in her private life, the consequences impacted adversely in her standing as a teacher as well as bringing the profession into disrepute.”
Miss Jones admitted to using the photos but claims that they have no impact on her professional life. She will be able to reapply for a position after two years, but it is said that it is unlikely she will do so.
Ms. Jensen attended the hearing but said that this had impacted their lives forever. She said, “It was a relief that something was finally being done, as it felt like nobody would do anything.” We are just trying to put it behind us now.” Her and Aliyah’s father moved out of Abercarn, Caerphilly where the hoax had began. They were scared to even let Aliyah play outside.
Colin Adkins, a NASUWT representative, said, “I believe through evidence supplied by [head teacher of Ringland Primary] Miss Bowden and a letter which Miss Jones sent to the GTCW that she has shown insight into her actions and she is truly sorry.”