Teacher branded homosexual people ‘sick in head’

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Image copyright Google Image caption Joshua Onduso was working at The Reintegration Service in Thatcham

A science teacher who told his students gay people “have a disease” and are “sick in the head” has been banned from the profession indefinitely.

Joshua Onduso, 50, was working at The Reintegration Service in Thatcham, Berkshire, when he made the remarks.

He afterward told the head teacher he could not condone homosexual activity because of his Christian notion.

A National College for Teaching and Leadership panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Mr Onduso had denied allegations he demonstrated a lack of respect and tolerance for human rights and faiths of others during a two-day hearing.

A report outlining the findings said Mr Onduso had been asked what he thought about lesbian people during a lesson at the school, which is based in the Moorside Community Centre, in May 2015.

‘Harmful behaviour’

A teaching assistant who gave proof said Mr Onduso replied that “gay people have a disease” before pointing to his head as he added “they have something wrong upstairs”.

The report said when he was asked about what he had told students earlier in the day, he responded that he had said gay people were “sick in the head”.

The head teacher told the hearing she was “shocked” when she twice asked Mr Onduso to clarify his position and he insisted his Christian faith entailed he “did not condone what[ lesbian people] do”.

Mr Onduso was suspended and later rejected after the school, which is for 5-19 year olds, carried out its own internal investigation.

The report said the panel accepted Mr Onduso’s behaviour was out of character but there was no evidence to suggest his actions were not deliberate.

Mr Onduso recognise his comments were homophobic while giving evidence at the hearing but had “not been remorseful”, research reports added.

Banning him from teaching indefinitely, the members of the commission said his attitudes were “deep-seated” and led to “harmful behaviour” which further training would not assistance.

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