- A member of staff at a Welsh school for children with specialized educational needs has been struck of the teaching roll for a temporary ban of three years
- She admitted to letting off a 'popper' in the face of a scared child who had run away after she let off the first 'popper'
- The child in question has autism
Tanya Olsen (35) worked at the Ty Gwyn school and was charged with eight counts of misconduct.
During this case, the terrified child - who is known to be scared of loud noises, ran out of the classroom as Olsen laughed. He tried to hide in a designated 'quiet room', but she followed him and let off another 'popper' in his face.
In a separate case, this same teacher was said to have used her foot to push this same child during a school trip, saying that he had been 'disruptive'.
The pupils at the school are aged three to 19 and due to severe disabilities cannot be taught in mainstream classes. Apparently Olsen was responsible for pupils with the 'most sever' learning disabilities.
In a separate case, Olsen locked another child outside a classroom and made the other pupils pretend that they were leaving him there by putting their coats on. She described this as 'funny'.
It was also told during the hearing with the Education Workforce Council that during a bus trip for Christmas, she failed to halt the vehicle when another autistic child started banging his head against the window in distress, potentially causing harm to himself.
A teaching assistant, however alleged that Olsen had told her, "You're so incompetent."
She may apply in three years to continue with this career.