Kato Harris will not return to teaching

At the end of July we reported on the case of Kato Harris, a highly regarded geography teacher. He was cleared by a jury in little more than 20 minutes, following his trial for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl at his school. Her wealthy parents regularly sent her to the United States for psychotherapy. Yet another CPS-inspired show trial. Our piece is here. Mr Harris was left with legal bills of nearly £200,000.

Media coverage of subsequent events has been light. On 4 September The Times ran a piece titled, ‘Top school delays return of teacher cleared of rape’. It started:

A leading private school has refused to allow Kato Harris, the teacher cleared of raping a teenage pupil, to start back at work this week.

Elizabeth Hewer, the head teacher at St George’s in Ascot, Berkshire, has written to families with girls at the £30,000-a-year school to advise them that Harris will not be returning at the start of the new term on Wednesday.

It is understood that child protection procedures in relation to his return have not been completed.

Despite his acquittal in court, several parents have raised concerns about Harris’s resumption of his role at the girls’ school.

Kato Harris was reportedly described as an ‘outstanding’ teacher by colleagues and pupils. He subsequently decided to abandon teaching as a career.

Feminists were responsible for men suspected of rape – not necessarily even charged (e.g. Sir Cliff Richard, Paul Gambaccini, Lord Bramall…) – not having anonymity.

Feminists at the CPS were responsible for this show trial, one of many under the evil eye of Alison Saunders.

Men have committed suicide with less provocation.

Should we be surprised that so many young men decide teaching is too toxic a profession for men these days? Surely not. The current proportion of female teachers in secondary schools is around 70%, and will surely rise further, while classroom assistants – not required in my school days in the 60s and early to mid 70s, when most teachers were men – are virtually all women. The state is the ultimate job creation scheme for women. Two-thirds of public sector workers are women.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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7 Responses to Kato Harris will not return to teaching

  1. William Gruff says:

    So many issues raised by this case. The most pressing is, of course, the need for anonymity for those accused of sexual offences and then the creation of a specific offence of making a false allegation of rape or sexual misconduct, or something similar, with a compulsory penalty of long-term imprisonment or committal to a secure psychiatric institution, plus a lifetime register of false accusers.

    Mr Harris has the option of an action for punitive damages against the girl’s parents.

  2. epistemol says:

    One could be forgiven for suspecting that the persecution and prosecution of men teachers is actually deliberate in order to de-manise education.

  3. spamthe man says:

    I am not sure if giving the accused anonymity is the right route but instead removing anonymity for the accuser. That the names of the accused and accuser are in the public domain is necessary to ensure that anyone with relevant information about either can come forward. In cases where the question is one of consent then the accuser’s sexual history must be allowed as evidence as some of the most relevant evidence in deciding whether consent was given, or reasonably thought to have been give, This is inline with principles of open justice and a level playing field.

    That the accuser is named and real sanctions are taken against clearly false accusations would act as a deterant and protect against multiple false accusers. Some counter propoganda perhaps the fact that the majority of those accused are not found quilty of rape would also be a good thing, perhaps as a government information campagin (I know it will never happen).

    I can’t see how the stigma and impact of a false accusation can, in the real world, be reduced. In this paticular case even if the names were not published rumurs would mean all parents knew, far more lurid and innacurate stories would circulate and the impact of an acquital would be even less.

    • I guess a key point is the man should never have been charged in the first place, as in so many cases where evidence is non-existent or even proof of innocence (Mark Pearson, Waterloogate, comes to mind).

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