SCHOOL governors have backed a controversial headteacher who castigated divorced people, gays and single mothers in an assembly speech.
But a council leader is to formally ask Assembly Education Minister Jane Davidson to intervene in the case.
Last month we disclosed how Bill Beales, the head of Cwmcarn High School at Cross Keys in the county borough of Caerphilly, told a full assembly of pupils and teachers how divorced people, unmar-ried mothers and homosexuals ``flaunted God's law'' (he meant `flouted').
Mr Beales' remarks provoked a storm, with many Christian fundamentalists rallying to his support while more liberal sections of the community took the view that his comments were entirely inappropriate in a school assembly where children from different backgrounds were congregated. Caerphilly council leader Lindsay Whittle made a written complaint to the school governing body about Mr Beales' remarks, suggesting he should be suspended pending a full investigation.
We can reveal that the majority of the governing body last week backed Mr Beales after a heated discussion.
But although a motion of confidence was passed in Mr Beales, the minutes of the governors' meeting do not include any reference to Mr Whittle's letter of complaint. …