Court bans mum from daughter’s school

AN ABUSIVE Worle mum has been banned from her child’s school and slapped with a restraining order after leaving an offensive answer phone message for her daughter’s headteacher.

Hazel Machin, formerly of Elton Road, appeared at North Somerset Courthouse last week charged with harassment.

The court heard how the headteacher of Becket Primary School, John Clark, had been targeted by the mum on two occasions in November last year.

Reading a statement from Mr Clark, prosecuting Michael Collins, said: “I was told by the school secretary that an answer phone message had been left for me. I recognised the voice as being Ms Machin.

“It said ‘since you banned me from the school and I am not allowed to contact the teachers or anyone who works there I suggest you ring social services as my daughter wants **** all to do with me. Thank you very much Mr Clark for wrecking my entire life you ****’.”


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After Mr Clark wrote to Machin to tell her this was ‘totally unacceptable’, she arrived at the school gates with her daughter and shouted abuse at Mr Clark and asked him to take her child.

Defending, David Playford, said Machin had been suffering from a mental breakdown at the time and that she was moving to Skegness imminently to start afresh.

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He said: “The straw that broke the camel’s back was when her daughter said ‘you’re not the boss of me that’s the headmaster. You can’t tell me what to do as you’re not the headteacher’.

“This is why she took her daughter to the school gates and asked for Mr Clark as her daughter would not listen to her - Ms Machin was under a lot of stress.”

Machin consented to a binding over order, an alternative to prosecution for a criminal offence.

This means the incident is regarded as a civil matter and the charge is dropped on the condition she does not breach the peace and that she accepts a restraining order.

Magistrate Nick Green ordered her to keep away from the Worle school for six months and a restraining order was made to protect Mr Clark for two years.

Machin pleaded guilty to a separate charge of breaching a restraining order in respect of her ex-partner, Stephen Baker. For this she was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay �85 costs.

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