Guess who’s back? Back from the brink – yes!

Posted on November 11, 2017

I’m back, still coeliac, still embittered about the price of food and my climbing back on the saddle and being ejected again, but I’m in recovery.

Never go back.

They should be words tattooed on my knuckles, implanted on my brain, and nailed to every school door in this nasty Nazi county.

But stupidly, two years ago, I went back.

Went back to teach and it was more toxic than a full meal of gluten.

This time though, it didn’t take a week to recover but two years.

Two years of depression, anxiety and stress because I failed to heed the words: Never Go Back.

I won’t again. I’ll only step foot in a classroom for parents’ evenings and to glance with pity at teaching staff.

So what happened to me?

I took a job at a church primary school and nine days in, I was suspended for suspected “gross misconduct”. All bullshit of course. The evidence took two months to arrive by which time the crafty Christian MAT and head had covered their tracks. I was shocked, appalled and went into fight mode to wrong the injustice and despite the county’s meddling, including falsified evidence created with two PCs from a neighbouring county, the collusion collapsed – along with my mental health – and I was exonerated last Christmas by the National College of Teaching and Leadership as having done no wrong.

I realised after this trauma, and when the headteachers hotfooted into retirement or to a new job in Hong Kong – how guilty was he – that teaching was over for good.

I challenged it legally of course, spent money on barristers, but 9 days in employment didn’t form much of a basis for a case of discrimination, so I wasted money.

But it’s over now.

Thank fuck for that too.

I set up several freelance businesses – nothing to do with gluten – but totally free from politics, poison and schools.

We moved house, downsized to cope financially but my mojo, my gingerbread smile is now fixed firmly on my mush and I’m looking forward not backwards to making a name in writing, a new website company and a Mental Health forum, whose founder has also gone gluten free.

Perhaps soon, I’ll even shed the veil of anonymity and reveal who I am.

As if you don’t know already, but it’s great to be back and hopefully the next blog post won’t be in 18 months’ time.

2 Replies to "Guess who's back? Back from the brink - yes!"

  • Joanna McKenzie
    November 11, 2017 (9:06 pm)

    Great to hear that you’re back. Everyone takes their mental health for granted until the shit hits the fan. Hope you are keeping well, physically and mentally. Take care, and look forward to hearing from you again.

  • sara matthews
    November 13, 2017 (10:23 am)

    welcome back

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