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Complainant Name:
Mrs U Y S O’Reilly

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Journal (Newcastle)

Complaint:
Mrs U Y S O’Reilly, headteacher of Wolsingham School and Community College in County Durham, complained that an article reporting allegations of pupils at the school having sex in the playground was unfounded.

Resolution:
The matter was resolved when the editor of the newspaper wrote directly to the complainant to apologise for distress caused to her, other staff, parents and pupils. He suggested that there had been grounds for running the piece – a school governor had called for an investigation into the claims – but accepted that, with hindsight, it would have been prudent to consult people who were closer to the alleged incident prior to running any story. Having already run a follow-up piece putting forward a denial of the allegations, the editor offered to publish a further piece about the school – not relating to the story under complaint – in the newspaper’s soon-to-be-launched ‘Our School’ column.

Report: 65



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