Sacking of Wrexham teacher Deborah Ellis 'injustice'
A deputy head sacked for allegedly manhandling a boy of six said to have refused to leave a school playground is to claim unfair dismissal.
Deborah Ellis was sacked from Hafod-y-Wern Community School, Wrexham, after a disciplinary inquiry and her solicitor says she suffered a "grave injustice".
Another teacher was sacked and two teaching assistants suspended after June's incident when she was in charge.
Wrexham council has declined to comment.
Tudor Williams, an employment solicitor said his client had a 20-year unblemished career in teaching.
He said that, after being told the boy was refusing to return to the school building from the playground, Ms Ellis became concerned for his safety.
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My client has suffered a grave injustice as a result of the school governors' decision”
The school grounds were regularly crossed by members of the public and two weeks earlier a man had been spotted performing a sex act close to the school, he said.
He said: "My client was concerned for the safety and well-being of the child, so she and another member of staff picked him up and carried him into the school."
He said the matter had been reported to the police, but they had decided there was no case to answer for breach of the criminal law.
Ms Ellis was dismissed for gross misconduct after two-day hearing in February.
Mr Williams said: "In my professional opinion, my client has suffered a grave injustice as a result of the school governors' decision.
A three-month investigation was held into the incident.
The dismissals were confirmed by the chair of governors Emlyn R Jones.
It is understood that both the sacked teachers and the suspended teaching assistants are women
The NUT in Wales has confirmed that one of the teachers is a member of the union and has said the dismissal matter is being taken to appeal.