Judgment has been entered in High Court claim no. BL-2017-000101 against the Defendant Laurence Roy Moffitt (a.k.a. Laurie Moffitt) for copyright infringement, misuse of private information and breach of confidence in respect of the address books containing the names and addresses of the members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. Permanent injunctions have been granted. Mr Moffitt has been ordered to pay damages and to pay the Claimants’ legal costs on the indemnity basis.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Going through Exclusive brethren Hell from today's TES
Update- Saturday 26th April 2014 -Mysteriously these posts disappeared from the TES site yesterday!
Hi , I have just sent a message to TES, although not sure how far it will get.; I am currently experiencing the hell one has to deal with when as a teacher you are found out to be suffering a mental health issue. This is the message I have forwarded about my situation to the TES, and would appreciate hearing your views / experiences of similar nature. Thanks.
I would just like to inform you (thought I had but think there was a problem with sending message...) of my horrific ordeal as a teacher in a Plymouth (Exclusive) Brethren School recently; Having had a period off in hospital after the death of my boyfriend, my employers requested medical details about my condition. I was then quickly invited to a meeting which was hostile, and cold, and ever since then they have been sending me emails / letters telling me my contract will have to be terminated due to long term incapacity unless I agree to leave the school. I have spoken to a church member who has informed me that members believe mental illness to be a direct punishment by their God, and I being a Science teacher (especially a biologist) would be worthy of it. I have 6 years experience at the school, and all was well until they discovered my illness, and now it seems I have lost everything. People think I am misguided that I want my job back, but they do not understand. Only having worked in such a school can you understand that we teach the pupils, but see nothing of the trustees; and yes I would very much like my job back, as I have nothing to blame my pupils for. The school most certainly does not deserve to acheive any degree of state funding, and its charitable status should be challenged once again. Thank you for reading.
You need to contact your union immediately. I can see the potential for unlawful actions by the school in a number of respects but time limits on such action are very short. By all means PM me with more detailed information if I can help. (Click on my username to read my profile.)
I don't know much about the Exclusive Brethern ( off in a minute to look them up on the internet), I can assure you that the God of the Bible does not punish anyone whether scientist or not for mental health issues. God uses doctors to treat mental health issues. The people who have told you that God punishes people with mental health issues are wrong.
What you now need is sound legal advice since that is what you will fight your battle with. As Bell suggested, call your union ASAP. Call the headquarters and say you need to speak to someone today and someone at the highest level. If you are not well enough to phone yourself, get a family member or close friend to make the phone call. Do it today if at all possible.
If you are still in contact with your doctor, keep them informed of what is happening, since you will still need a lot of support to get you through this. Only you can decide what is the best course of action in terms of leaving or staying, but you will need trained professionals to help you since you have suffered trauma on several levels: first your boyfriend's death and now this treatment from a school who should have supported you.
In addition to your doctor, the Teacher Support Network will be able to offer support. Email the or phone them today and explain to them what is happened since they may be able to offer some assistance with advice such as dealing with unions and lawyers as well as emotional support.
If you need to just chat you can keep posting here or send anyone a personal message as there are many caring people on these forums who will help you all they can.