Two former teachers who quit their jobs after posting derogatory comments on Facebook will face court.
Notice that they are referred to as former teachers. After the incident, they were (rightly or wrongly) summoned for the dreaded interview without coffee and persuaded it was not in their best interests to remain as teachers at that school.
And there, the matter should have ended.
But this is the Brave New World of the ConDems, where the greatest threat to our lives is now, apparently, Internet ‘trolls’:
Former Westcott Primary School head teacher Debbie Johnson and Year 6 teacher Nyanza Roberts were charged by police yesterday with an offence under the Communications Act 2003.
Ms Johnson, 48, and Miss Roberts, 25, were first arrested at their east Hull home in early February on suspicion of harassment.
They have now been charged with persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience and anxiety.
Wow! That’s an ‘offence’ that’s open to abuse, is it not?
‘Annoyance’ and ‘inconvenience’ are crimes now? Well, I’m annoyed and inconvenienced by travel companies, the local council, the MSM, idiots on Twitter, etc. Can I have them all arrested, or only if they do the annoying and inconveniencing via FaceBook?
And what happened to the ‘threatening letter’ they were originally arrested for? Or is the mail (even when – allegedly – hand-delivered) included in the term ‘public communication network’?
This is definitely going to be one to watch.