Foul-mouthed college lecturer banned from teaching after calling colleague ‘bast**d’ in ‘manic rage’


Foul-mouthed college lecturer is slapped with teaching ban after calling a colleague an ‘a**elicker’ and ‘b**tard’ in ‘manic rage’ because he was asked to cover a lesson instead of him

  • Eric Jones offered to ‘fight’ a colleague in private and in front of pupils
  • He said he lost his temper because colleagues were given preferential treatment
  • He has been given a prohibition order banning him from teaching for two years 

A foul-mouthed college lecturer has been banned from teaching after a ‘manic rage’ in which he verbally abused a colleague and challenged him to a staffroom fight.

Eric Jones called colleague John Collins an ‘a***licker’ and ‘nothing but a b*****d’ during a tirade of abuse.

Mr Jones then continued to swear and threaten Mr Collins in a workshop classroom in front of teenage students.

A misconduct panel heard Mr Jones lost his temper after learning Mr Collins had been asked to cover a lesson where they both worked as instructor technicians at The College Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.

Mr Collins said that after telling Mr Jones he had been asked to cover a lesson due to staff sickness his colleague ‘went off in a manic rage’ and asked to fight him.

He said: ‘I told him to back off and leave me alone.

‘He literally threw every swear word in the book at me.’

Mr Jones worked as an instructor technician at The College Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales (pictured)

Mr Jones worked as an instructor technician at The College Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales (pictured)

Mr Collins told the Education Workforce Council panel that Mr Jones was ‘shouting and swearing’ and said: ‘If you want a fight we can.’

He added: ‘Come on I’m not afraid of you.’

Mr Collins said: ‘I was concerned that he was going to fight me because Eric Jones’s behaviour was aggressive towards me.’

The incident took place in the college staff room as Mr Collins was working on the lesson he had been asked to cover, 

The hearing was told Mr Jones, who had worked at the college since 2008, said: ‘I’ve had a gutsful of you’ and ‘stay the f*** away from me’ during the rant.

As he left the staffroom, he continued shouting and swearing as he followed Mr Collins into a workshop classroom. 

In a statement to the hearing, Mr Collins said Mr Jones repeated his offer to fight him when they walked into the workshop classroom area while students were present.

An internal investigation at the college was told Mr Collins felt he was ‘subjected to verbal abuse and felt physically threatened’.

Mr Collins appeared ‘shaken’ and ‘on the verge of tears’ after the incident in November 2019. 

Mr Jones was questioned as part of the investigation and said he ‘raised his voice’ because he feared Mr Collins was getting ‘preferential treatment’ at the college.

He added that he felt ‘devalued.’ 

Mr Jones did not attend the hearing in Cardiff and was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

He was handed a two year prohibition order banning him from teaching.

The panel ruled: ‘Mr Jones demonstrated a persistent lack of insight into the seriousness of his actions.’

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