VICTORY: Victory for the Dinner Lady
Published on September 5, 2017: Thanks to your support, and the pressure placed on the school, Rachel has her job back and she’s able to pick her children up from school again. So, thank you to everybody for getting involved and helping!
UPDATE: Rachel Booth, the dinner lady from Preston, has had her suspension partially lifted!
Published on July 6, 2017 - Rachel Booth, the dinner lady at Moor Nook Primary School in Preston, has had her suspension lifted, thanks to you. In less than 24 hours, you and more than 20,000 other people signed the petition to the Head Teacher, Suzanne Clough.
That’s what tipped the balance: you.
Rachel Booth is a lunchtime employee at Moor Nook Primary School in Preston, a small town in the North of England. After footage of her at the UK Against Hate march in Manchester surfaced, Rachel found herself being called into the head teacher's office.
After being confronted with footage of herself at the march posted on social media, Rachel was told that she was being suspended from the school, pending a formal investigation. What's most ridiculous is the headteacher claimed she was being investigated for attending an EDL march, just because the Rebel's Tommy Robinson was involved.
Not only is this just not true, it's also completely unfair to Rachel who has been training to become a teaching assistant and now has not only her career under threat but even her ability to work with children in the future.
On top of that, she isn't allowed near the school for the duration of her suspension - which means she can't attend her own children's assemblies, sports day, or even pick them up from school.
Once we heard about this we had to do something, so we went to talk to Rachel to hear her story first hand. What we found was a smart, caring young woman who came to UK Against Hate because she wanted to do something good for her country and stand up against terrorism.
So after meeting Rachel we decided to launch a petition to get her back into the school, into her job and to get her back around the kids she loves so much.
Please sign the petition below.
To Suzanne Clough, Head Teacher at Moor Nook Primary School,
We demand that Rachel Booth's suspension is immediately lifted, that she be allowed to return to work and that any investigation relating to her attendance of the UK Against Hate March on Sunday, June 11th be dropped. We also demand that the school make a public apology to Rachel and her children.