Rachael Regan now Howard – Halifax

 

🔴New information has been received January 2017 of Rachael Regan now Rachel Howard still residing in Halifax and still looking after children, given her crimes of what she classed as fun Howard would be one of many people  children needed to be protected from…Bullying children for fun is not acceptable🔴

 

A CLASSROOM assistant who carried out a five-month campaign of bullying against a seven-year-old pupil who was taped to her chair and shut in a storeroom has been spared jail.

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🔴2015

Rachael Regan, 43, “singled out and bullied” the girl at a school in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

Regan’s trial last month was told about a catalogue of incidents against the pupil, who is now nine, which included sticking Post-it notes to her thumbs, tying her shoes on with string, calling her a nickname, goading her with a biscuit, hiding her doll and tearing up her photograph.

Today, at Bradford Crown Court, Regan was given a community order including a requirement to do 40 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Neil Davey QC criticised the length of time the classroom assistant had been on bail before she was charged while the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided what to do.

Judge Davey said this wait was a punishment in itself, explaining that this was why he had not considered a prison sentence.

Regan, of Illingworth, West Yorkshire, was found guilty of child cruelty after the trial, which finished last month.

A teacher colleague, Deborah McDonald, 41, was cleared of the same offence.

Today, Judge Davey said to her: “You have been convicted by a jury of cruelty to a small child, in effect of bullying her to the extent that it would properly be described as cruelty.”

He said her conduct had been “shameful” and a breach of trust.

The judge said: “You breached that trust by turning her into a figure of fun.”

He said Regan invited others to ridicule the girl when she taped her to a chair.

Judge Davey said the defendant had already lost the job she loved and would be barred from working with children.

He said: “You humiliated (the girl), you’ve already been professionally humiliated, now you’ve been publicly humiliated.”

But the judge said the girl had now recovered from her ordeal and was “back to her old happy, bubbly, extrovert self”.

He pointed out that the allegations were made in January 2013 but Regan was not charged until last April.

He told her this period of “legal limbo” she lived through was “substantial punishment” as she lived for months with the uncertainly of not knowing whether she would eventually face prison.

Prosecutor Simon Waley told the week-long trial last year that an investigation was launched by the school and the police after the girl told her mother a teacher had tied her to a chair with sticky tape so she could not move.

He said: “She said that the class had been laughing at her and that she was the ‘class clown’.”

Mr Waley said: “She said that Mrs Regan put it all around the chair and it was hard breathing.

“She said that she couldn’t get out to reach her things. She said that the whole class were laughing.”

The girl’s mother said the moment her daughter told her a teaching assistant had taped her to a chair was “heartbreaking”.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the jury the young girl “clung” to her “for dear life” with tears streaming down her face after the incident.

Mr Waley told the trial that the girl also said to police that Regan bound string to her legs and feet to keep her pumps on.

The girl told police that Regan put Post-it notes on to her thumbs when she had been sucking them and shut the door to a store room, leaving her on a chair inside.

Other staff members at the school told police they had witnessed some of the incidents.

One support assistant said the girl’s arms were “fastened down by her sides with the Sellotape around her more than once” and said she was taped to the chair for around 10 minutes.

She said Regan went to another classroom to fetch another teaching assistant to show her what she had done.

Mr Waley said Regan told her colleague: “She’ll not get up and wander around the classroom now.”

He said Regan pulled a photograph of the girl off the wall and ripped it to pieces in front of her.

The court heard that the defendants denied ever bullying the girl when they were interviewed by the police and described some of the incidents as “fun” and “a joke”.

Regan refused to answer questions today as she left court with a friend.

Speaking after the sentencing, the mother of the seven-year-old subjected to a bullying campaign by Regan said: “I don’t think this punishment fits what Regan did to my daughter.

“My daughter has been humiliated publically and she will remember this for the rest of her life.

“I didn’t pursue this incident with the police just for the sake of my daughter, I did this as warning for everybody from parents and family to teachers and schools.

“You should always listen carefully to what your children tell you, because I didn’t believe my daughter when she first told me what happened.

“I couldn’t believe that anybody could be so cruel.

“I just can’t get my head around what’s happened. It’s going to take a while until our family feels back to normal.”

🔹Read more: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/no-jail-for-bullying-halifax-school-assistant-who-sellotaped-girl-to-a-chair-1-7039837#ixzz4Ei4jsrHA

🔴Guilty….2014

A Halifax teaching assistant who taped a schoolgirl to a chair has been found guilty of cruelty – in a classroom bullying campaign that went on for months.

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Rachael Regan, 43, was found guilty of taping the youngster to a chair in front of fellow pupils at the Halifax primary school, shutting her in a storeroom and tying her shoes to her with string.

Bradford Crown Court heard the child was humiliated and bullied in a catalogue of incidents including kicking her chair, goading her with a biscuit, sticking Post-it notes to her thumbs, shutting her doll in a desk drawer, tearing a picture of the child and addressing her with a nickname in a five-month ‘singling out’ bullying campaign.

“Her actions, where she singled out the victim, for whom she had spiteful contempt, demonstrate systematic ill-treatment which amounted to bullying,” prosecutor Simon Waley told the court.

Over the six-day trial, the jury heard how Regan, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, Sellotaped the “fidgety” child to her chair as school teacher of 13 years Deborah McDonald looked on.

McDonald, 41, of Birks Hall Terrace, Halifax, was tried with Regan for the offence of cruelty but was found not guilty yesterday.

Asked about her classroom experience during police interview, the child replied to officers: “They strap me to the chair.

“She put it [Sellotape] all round the chair. It was hard to breathe,” the youngster told police shortly after the incident in January 2013.
Two members of school staff told the court the child was Sellotaped to the chair for at least 10 minutes and one support assistant said the girl’s arms were “fastened down by her sides with the Sellotape around her more than once”.

Mr Waley said Regan told her colleague: “She’ll not get up and wander around the classroom now.”

The victim’s mother, who cannot be named, said her “bubbly and outgoing” child who had always looked forward to going to school became increasingly“clingy” after a period of living with her grandparents.

“She began to make excuses not to go to school. I couldn’t understand it. Initially, I thought it was because of changes to our home life.”
On the day her daughter revealed she had been Sellotaped to her chair, the mother-of-two said her daughter came running out of school with tears rolling down her face.

“That day was so heart-breaking. She had tears streaming down her face and told me she never wanted to go back to school. She clung to me for dear life as she told me what had happened,” the youngster’s mum told the court.

Regan tied the youngster’s pumps to her legs with string and McDonald allegedly stood her on a chair as her classmates laughed, the court heard.

The defendant said her ‘too big’ pumps were tied to her legs because they were a health and safety hazard and to make a child look like a Roman soldier in the gladiator ‘criss-cross’ style of tying the string.

“Miss Regan put string around my shoes because my feet were too small for my shoes. It was horrible – everyone kept laughing,” the child told police.
The youngster said she felt “disgusted” after being shut in a “dump” of a storeroom by her teaching assistant.

In police interview, Regan admitted that she had stuck Post-it notes to the child’s thumbs for fun.

Asked why she did it, she told police: “I know it doesn’t look good. It looks absolutely ridiculous. I can’t believe it.”

She said: “We did it for fun, our fun, my fun.”

Mrs McDonald’s defence barrister, Steven Crossley, told the court that his defendant “didn’t do anything”.

“Of the three allegations – tying shoes with string, shutting the child in the storeroom and taping her to the chair – McDonald didn’t do anything.”

DCI Darren Minton, crime manager for Calderdale Police, said: “This person was employed in a position of trust and she broke that trust with her actions. Today’s conviction follows a lengthy and protracted investigation.

“Some people in the community have sought to question why such allegations were brought before the court. This conviction should send a loud and clear message that such behaviour from anyone is unacceptable, but particularly those employed in positions of significant trust.”

Regan, who lives with her teenage daughter will be sentenced next year.

Read more: http://m.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/crime/bullying-teaching-assistant-found-guilty-of-child-cruelty-1-6989560#ixzz4Ei3F5ynj

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