BNP school teacher struck off for life after slashing children’s bike tyres

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A BNP activist who chased “verbally abusive” children in his car has been given a lifetime teaching ban.

Adam Walker, a former teacher at Houghton Kepier School, was initially banned for two years by the national College for Teaching and Leadership.

However, the Secretary of State for Education has overruled their decision and given him a lifetime disqualification.

Mr Walker, who taught in Japan for six years before returning to his native Spennymoor in County Durham, said he could not afford to appeal the ban.

He said he accepts his behaviour was wrong and needed to be punished, but claims the Secretary of State has a “personal vendetta” against him due to his political beliefs.

“Clearly the Secretary of State has an axe to grind,” he said. “I was dealt with first by the courts, then the teaching council, and accepted their decisions, but the Secretary of State has overruled all that.

“When I compare the punishments given to other teachers, including proven paedophiles and the like, what’s happened to me seems totally disproportionate.”

Mr Walker, who taught for 20 years and runs a karate club, received a six-month suspended prison sentence and was banned from driving for 12 months after he admitted dangerous driving when he appeared at Durham Crown Court.

The incident happened at a St George’s Day fun day in Tudhoe, near Spennymoor, in 2011.

The court was told Mr Walker was verbally abused by three boys aged 12, 11, and 10, and chased them in his car, before slitting the tyres on their bikes with a Stanley knife.

Recorder Ben Nolan described his actions as extremely dangerous, and said the teacher could have killed the boys had they fallen.

When banning him from the classroom for two years, the teaching council said: “He had been provoked, but his reaction failed to meet up to the high standard expected of a teacher both in and out of school.”

In his judgement for the Secretary of State’s office, Alan Meyrick said: “Mr Walker’s convictions involved threatening behaviour and criminal damage of a serious nature aimed at children.

“The reputation of the profession would be seriously damaged by allowing a teacher with this combination of convictions to be able to teach again.”