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A mother who used Facebook to disgrace teachers at her children’s school has been banned from setting foot on the school grounds for 12 months.

The woman went public with serious allegations – now under police investigation – against a teacher at the school south of Wollongong.

She accused the teacher of physically assaulting three children in separate incidents and claimed the principal had lied about the abuse.

School authorities have invoked a 115-year-old statute – the Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901 – to keep the parent away from the school.

“Your behaviour on this occasion was inappropriate,” the school’s relieving principal told the parent, in a June 2 letter.

“And as a result I do not consider your current access to [the school] to be in the best interests of either the students or the staff.

“You should note that entry on to the school is a privilege not a right.

“In accordance with my authority under the [act], you are directed not to come onto [the school] site again without my prior approval and then only for the purpose of seeing me. This directive is to remain in force for a period of 12 months.”

The mother has told Illawarra Mercury, “I’ve yelled, I’ve screamed, I’ve made phone calls and – as a last resort – this is what I’ve done,” the parent said, of her social media posts.

“All I’ve heard is, ‘You’ve probably ruined the school’s reputation.’ What reputation? The [reputation acquired] because they keep everything in the dark?

“The reason I named this teacher was because I knew it wasn’t the first time.”

A Department of Education and Training spokeswoman said the school was consulting police about the matter. Schools issued Inclosed Land Protection notices in order to keep students and staff safe, she said.

“[A notice] is generally served when an individual commits an act of violence towards others, threatens violence, or is verbally abusive to staff, students or other community members on school grounds,” the spokeswoman said.

The act forbids people from entering an enclosed area “without the consent of the owner, occupier or person apparently in charge of those lands”. It guards against the leaving open of gates.

Today, the act is referenced in signs on school entryways and is used, on occasion, to deter parents considered troublesome.

Police can be called for any infringements, which attract a $500 fine.

“It’s a form of trespass,” Lake Illawarra Local Area Command’s Sergeant Jason Harrison said.

“It’s a formal way of restricting access to someone, putting them on notice that they no longer have a legal right to enter that property.”

The mother has since deleted her Facebook posts.

Ohh Facebook is an evil little platform at times.

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  • i don’t understand why she didn’t go straight to the police.it is a very serious matter that’s why i don’t like facebook there should be monitors posts should not go live.If the situation is true and this teacher did act wrong then the police are the people to go to.

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  • We clearly don’t know the full story, but if she struggled to get someone to listen to her about something (?) sounding important, why did she not go to the police??

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  • The story is a bit vague to me. It’s good that schools, staff and kids are protected against accusations but also to take accusations serious. The fact that this mum didn’t go to the police with her accusations raises questions of course.

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  • be interested to see if her allegations are correct, but she should have gone directly to the police. The first time.

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  • I of recent heard of one mother whom was also not allowed on school grounds. Children can be at fault adults and children we are all human and make mistakes warnings might be more proper resolution.

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  • Why didn’t she just go direct to the police?

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  • But do we know if her accusations were real or not?

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  • Im not really sure why she felt the need to say such things on facebook. If what she was saying was true then why not go to the police regarding this?

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  • The parent would need strong evidence before accusing someone of assault, and then that evidence should be provided to police – not Facebook.

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  • There would be more appropriate avenues to move forward with a complaint, or concern. Facebook is never one of them.

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  • I personally would go to education department with any complaints if I didn’t get anywhere with principle etc.

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  • I can understand the schools actions IF this mother is in the wrong and does pose a threat. But if she is right then it’s disgraceful that the school had not tak

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  • Not knowing all the facts, it’s difficult to fully understand the situation but if to be believed, it sounds like this parent tried other avenues first. I wouldn’t have done it on facebook – it’s not appropriate. She should have made a formal complaint to the police instead of social media.

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  • You can’t name and shame on Facebook. I would be angry if my child or any other child was assaulted though

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  • I’m with the school. There’s a new movement to name and shame but from behind a computer. Teachers and school staff are constantly harassed by parents who believe their children can do no wrong! If the only way to get through to this parent is to ban them from the school, then so be it!

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