Conspiracy theorist teacher who called Catholics ‘bad guys’ is sacked for gross misconduct

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A conspiracy theorist teacher who claimed on YouTube that gay people have ‘Satan’s DNA’, called Jews and Catholics ‘evil’ and discussed flat earth theory with students is sacked for misconduct serious

  • Robert Headley taught design and technology at Rokeby School, Newham
  • Court heard he will discuss Flat Earth conspiracy theories with students
  • He also put videos on Youtube claiming that Catholics were “evil” and that gay people have “Satan’s DNA”.
  • A colleague alerted the school, triggering an investigation which led to his dismissal
  • He tried to sue, but a court dismissed claims of wrongful termination and discrimination

A teacher who discussed conspiracy theories with pupils, including that the Earth is flat and claimed gay people have ‘Satan’s DNA’, has been sacked for gross misconduct.

Robert Headley also claimed Catholics were ‘wicked’ and preached about it on his social media channel which has nearly 300,000 subscribers, an employment tribunal has heard.

The East London Design and Technology secondary school teacher said he would discuss theories such as the Moon landings being ‘rigged’ with pupils in a bid to teach them about ‘perspective’.

He has also made and posted videos on YouTube containing similar “deeply offensive” claims.

But when a colleague alerted the school to the offensive nature of his video titled “DNA of the Wicked”, he was investigated and fired for gross misconduct.

An east London school teacher who discussed conspiracy theories with pupils including that the Earth is flat and claimed gay people have Satan’s DNA has been sacked for gross misconduct

He tried to take legal action, but a court found the school had sufficient reason to restrict his rights to publicly express his views in such a ‘sharp’ way.

It also found that Mr Headley was ‘evasive’ in court about whether he actually believed the Earth was flat, instead ‘just acknowledging’ the weight of scientific evidence to the contrary of this conclusion.

The hearing held in East London heard Mr Headley is a Christian with Orthodox beliefs who also believes ‘the chosen people’ came from Africa.

Mr Headley started working at Rokeby School, a secondary school for boys in Newham, in 2008 before being promoted to Head of Graphics Products.

The panel heard that the school is affiliated with the LGBT charity Stonewall with the aim of combating intolerance of sexuality and has a strong emphasis on inclusivity and tolerance.

In 2013 he wrote a book called “Scattered not Lost” where the premise of the book was that the real “children of Israel” were black Africans who were then enslaved forming the black diaspora across the world.

Around this time, he also started making and posting videos on YouTube talking about religion and a complaint was filed that these videos were discriminatory and contrary to school values.

In one of the videos, he was in his class wearing the school logo sitting in front of a bulletin board that included photos of staff members, a panel heard.

Deputy Director Emma Hobbs was alerted to this by a member of staff. She told him that filming at school was unacceptable and he later took down any videos filmed at school or those that displayed the school logo in 2018.

But he continued to make videos for his 274,500 subscribers and followers.

The court heard on cards given to him by students, some had included the words “subscribe” and the YouTube logo indicating that some students were aware of his channel.

The following year, headmistress Charlotte Robinson learned that some students had been overheard discussing Mr Headley and the flat earth theory during a walk in Epping Forest, Essex.

Several students were then interviewed and confirmed that Mr Headley had discussed the flat Earth theory and whether the moon landings were faked, but had asked that these discussions be ‘confidential’, he heard a panel.

Then in 2019 there was a grading disagreement and he lodged a complaint with the external examiner about the school which Mr Headley says then affected the way he was treated by afterwards, the hearing said.

Ms Robinson was later made aware of Mr Headley’s ‘DNA of the Wicked’ video released in May 2019.

A teacher had been ‘greatly offended’ by Mr Headley claiming LGBTQ+ people are ‘the antichrist’s lineage’ after which he was investigated for gross misconduct.

He was fired for using language referring to LGBTQ+ people as having Satan’s DNA and equating Jews and Catholics with satanic or evil beings in a public forum that could be viewed by students.

Mr Headley then unsuccessfully filed claims with an employment tribunal which included unfair dismissal and discrimination.

Dismissing his claims, labor judge John Crosfill concluded: “The school was entitled to conclude that its own interests in the promotion of pluralism and the welfare of its students were sufficient reason to restrict [Mr Headley’s] right to manifest his religious beliefs and/or express his opinions in public in the manner in which he did.

Mailonline has contacted Rokeby School for comment.

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