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Tribunal confirms 'stalker' harassed gay male teacher

PUBLISHED: 16:08 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:06 12 August 2010

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A BISEXUAL teacher who claimed she was unfairly dismissed after being sacked for stalking a gay male colleague has lost her case.

A BISEXUAL teacher who claimed she was unfairly dismissed after being sacked for stalking a gay male colleague has lost her case.

Greta Vipond, 62, a former cover supervisor at Darrick Wood School in Orpington, sent letters to German teacher Jamie Meharg, 42, telling him she wanted to be his "flesh and blood" and that she wanted a "full" relationship with him over a period of more than two years.

She tracked down his address in the electoral register, claimed they could have telepathic conversations, stalked him in his classroom and said he contacted her "hundreds" of times a day.

But judges at Ashford Tribunal, having considered evidence from the hearing that took place in November last year, found her allegations to be untrue.

The decision notice, sent to the Times, reads: "It is the unanimous decision of the Tribunal that the [school] committee reasonably concluded that there was no relationship between the claimant and Mr Meharg and that that claimant's attention and contact was unwelcome.

"The claimant was aware that she was not to contact him and nonetheless she did so. Mr Meharg was upset by her contact as a result of which he made his objections known to the school and later, so concerned and frightened when she wrote to him at his home address, that he contacted the school during the holiday and made the police aware of the claimant's conduct."

Mr Meharg stated that one letter from her made him feel "physically sick". In one, written in October 2006, she wrote: "I am a little tired of being a dream. As you predicted- this could drive me mad! I want to be flesh plus blood, or better, flesh, blood and a dream!"

The former travel agent, from Farnborough, lied about having a twin sister, Helen and maintained that Mr Meharg wanted to marry her.

In August 2007, following yet another letter sent to his home address, Mr Meharg booked a flight to Germany to get away from the situation. He wrote in a statement: "What I need now is for the matter to be dealt with properly, for a thorough investigation to be carried out and for Mrs Vipond to be removed from the workplace as I feel that her continued presence there in light of the string of events would make my position at the school untenable."

She was finally sacked in October 2007 following lengthy grievance procedure in school.

Vipond, who had 57 recorded absences since May 2005, claimed that she was unfairly dismissed, that her dismissal was an act of age and sexual orientation discrimination and that she was wrongfully dismissed.

Katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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