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Arrest in case of ‘harassment letters’ sent to school staff

An arrest has been made as part on an investigation into “letters of harassment” received by staff at St. Patrick’s High School in Keady.

Although the man was arrested and questioned in September, details have just emerged, the BBC reports.

He was detained on suspicion of offences including harassment and intimidation and has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

It is understood letters purporting to come from some staff at St Patrick’s High School in Keady were also sent to others not employed by the school and follows allegations of cheating in GCSE exams at the school.

The BBC has also reported that 16 staff faced sanctions following an investigation into ‘exam malpractice’, nine of which were teachers and seven were classroom assistants.  It is understood that 14 staff faced sanctions related to the monitoring of exams and assessments.

Last week the Chair of the St Patrick’s High School governors, Dr Eoghan Fearon wrote to parents of pupils to tell them that arrangements for exams at the school had been updated.

“The principal, Dr Moore, will continue to work very closely with CCEA and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) to ensure the complete integrity of all our public examination processes and procedures,” the letter read.

“We want to thank you the parents and guardians of our pupils for your patience and understanding during what has been a difficult time for our school community.”

Chief Executive of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools Gerard Campbell said that staff had worked to address issues identified by a CCEA review.

“It is important to pay tribute to the commitment of the staff who have worked so hard to deliver such significant progress over the past year,” he said.