Official Statement

Within the last few minutes, lawyers representing the headteacher of Burdett Avenue Secondary Academy Dr Clive Gland have confirmed that legal action has been taken against Southend News Network over an article claiming that a female pupil was sent home for looking ‘too sexually distracting’ in her choice of glasses

In a warning document that arrived at Southend News Network headquarters this morning, his legal representatives outlined that main reasons for the civil action – the main proposal is that the manner of reporting in the story has ‘led members of the public to feel that Dr Gland made a decision based upon sexual feelings for the 13-year-old girl.’

In this instance, Southend News Network merely included an image of the letter that was sent home to Isabella’s parents, and we also offered Dr Gland the right to reply which he did in full. At no point did we suggest that he had any sort of sexual motivation for the decision to send her home – no responsible news network would do so given that 13 is below the age of consent.

At no point did we suggest that he had any sort of sexual motivation for the decision to send her home – no responsible news network would do so given that 13 is below the age of consent.

Any comments that have been made by members of the public are based upon their own interpretation of the events that occurred. We strongly discourage the use of terms such as ‘nonce,’ ‘paedo,’ ‘kiddy fiddler,’ ‘diddy diddler’ and ‘three-pin DIN plug’ – at no point has it ever been established that Dr Gland was acting outside of his professional capacity as a responsible headteacher.

Furthermore, we strongly dispute the allegations from Dr Gland’s legal team at Scheisst, Bunkum and Associates that we encouraged the retaliation attack against Dr Gland at school yesterday. By taking a few moments to check out a number of online resources, it has already been established that the drive-by dildo assault was carried out by the infamous online vigilante group ‘We Don’t Like All Dirty Noncephiles In Essex.’

By taking a few moments to check out a number of online resources, it has already been established that the drive-by dildo assault was carried out by the infamous online vigilante group ‘We Don’t Like All Dirty Noncephiles In Essex.’

We have instructed our own legal team at Fircombe Hardy Legal to contest the proceedings, and as such we will be unable to make no further comment at this time.