a borderline teacher

Sunday, January 22, 2006


Blogger incurable hippie said...

Cat, what's happened? Are you ok?

10:24 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two days ago a transcript of this blog was sent to the General Teaching Council for England. Esp. the tread about not giving the OH nurse the full facts.

damned by your own words.

11:33 am  
Anonymous Michael Preston said...

(Cat, I'm a friend of B. I read your post and the reply over her shoulder and felt so angry and wanted to be supportive, so I posted a reply...)

As far as it goes, as a comment on the Anonymous poster, I think their actions are pretty despicable. In my typical way I'm actually being understated here. I think their actions are totally despicable. The fact that they would do something like that and not have the courage of their convictions to actually identify themselves by putting their name at the end of their comment just underlines what a nasty piece of work they are. In case they're reading this, I hope you rot.

It takes a lot of courage to face up to difficult things that happen in life and even more courage to discuss them openly. The fact that you posted to your blog openly about stuff that you're facing up to and , (successfully) dealing with speak volumes about you and the kind of person you are.

Just because you've had bad stuff happen to you, (and I've just read the blog entry...) doesn't disqualify you from being a teacher. If anything, as far as I'm concerned, it makes you a better teacher than someone who's sailed through life and never had to deal with any tough situations.

The fact that someone has exploited this I think is a very sad comment on them and not a comment on you at all.

Have a hug, (but only if you want one...)

< H U U U U G >

12:56 pm  
Anonymous B said...

just so you know - if me & M ever have nippers i can't think of anyone we'd rather have teach them french. i think you're amazing hon, and i love you loads

B xxx

1:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to invade your journal like this again, Cat, but this to 'Anonymous':

Who are you and, more to the point, who on earth do you think you are? Come on, I think it's about time you owned up, don't you? What you're doing isn't fair.

What is your problem with Cat??? She has done absolutely nothing wrong. A number of us have known her for many years and have seen her through the times she so courageously spoke about here, and all you seem to want to do is drag her down and put an end to her progress. What kind of person does that make you? Someone who is doing this out of genuine concern or someone who is doing this out of spite?

She hasn't 'damned' herself, as you so gleefully put it. She went to the OH appointment willing to talk and, by the sounds of it, wasn't given much chance. She can hardly be accused of withholding information since the OH department undoubtedly can obtain copies of any notes it sees fit to read.

Last time I checked, having a mental health history wasn't a crime and if the Dept. for Education decides to follow this up then I have no doubts that they'll rule Cat fit to be a teacher.

I don't know what to say to you because I can only take wild guesses as to who you might be since you don't seem willing to put yourself on the line for what you're saying about Cat, but I think you're being cruel and malicious. Guess your much sought after career isn't terribly fulfilling?


1:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who are you and, more to the point, who on earth do you think you are? Come on, I think it's about time you owned up, don't you? What you're doing isn't fair.
" And this is from Anonymous?
Carry on posting folks.
Here's an oxymoron for you:
Psychopath - Teacher.

1:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a hug, (but only if you want one...)

< H U U U U G >

Shheeeesh, I think I'm gonna be sick......

1:53 pm  
Anonymous Michael Preston said...

We care about Cat hence the hugs. If you don't, that fine on some levels, (you don't have to like her...) but you could act like a person with some grain of humanity and just LEAVE HER ALONE.

2:14 pm  
Anonymous B said...

psychopath: A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behaviour without empathy or remorse.

sounds just like you, anonymous. funny that.

go away.

2:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well 'B' seeings as you are not medically qualified to make that judgement, and I know you are not. I think I will just let that pass Becks.

By the way I am qualified to make that judgement. And is one listened to by the relevent authorities.

Why have the threads disappeared if they were innocuos mmmm?

Bye bye

3:03 pm  
Anonymous B said...

i never claimed i was medically qualified, i merely drew my conclusion from a dictionary definition, from my experience of working with people legally defined as having psychopathic disorder, and from all the years i have known cat.

am i supposed to feel threatened by the fact you've used my name?

i find it quite scary that you are medically qualified. it's a shame i don't know who you are really. i wonder what your professional body would make of you harrassing people anonymously over the internet?

3:19 pm  
Anonymous Vicky said...

Cat I left a comment in the other box and then came down and read this feed. I am utterly shocked and despite the behaviour of the person who has played on your worst fears. No doubt 'anonymous' thinks that he is by virtue of medical or other qualification therefore entitled to use his 'power'? in this way - people who can't see the grey shades in life shouldn't have that kind of power. And I speak as one whose daily work involves occasionally making difficult decisions about when to intervene in risky situations. 'Psychopath'? - qualified or not, 'anonymous' - get a grip. I know of no qualification that allows you to apply such a label on the back of reading some diary entries, and certainly none that would consider the way you have intervened here good practice.
I know umpteen people who have gone to see OH professionals and been or felt totally unable to be open about what had gone before. And at the end of the day ,what has Cat even done? She has stated she has never been given formal diagnosis of 'p.d' and she got lonely one day and wanted to be near someone she felt safe around.
yeah, you're right, 'anonymous'. that does warrant labelling her a psychopath and trying to ruin her career. Game on.

4:51 pm  
Anonymous Michael Preston said...

I think the fact that so many people have come on here to support Cat probably says more about her than any nasty person could. Ever.

5:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cat, I don't think you have anything to worry about. If anonymous had the medical qualifications and clout with the GTC he/she claimed, he/she would know that 1. the term "psychopath" has been obselete for some time 2. threatening people online breaches all professional codes of ethics and would make he/she liable for reporting. Let's face it, the GTC will be reading his/her comments here now too...

*offers hug*


6:56 pm  
Blogger anybody said...

Hugs. More hugs. You'll get through this.

7:55 pm  
Blogger Anne said...

Hi Cat
just wanting to say I agree with all your friends and I am right behind you. Your honesty and integrity are being used against you but not for long. Get some good legal help with the GTC business if it comes to that. Look after yourself, will be checking your blog.

10:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

relevent: do you mean relevant?

innocuos: do you mean innocuous?

By the way I am qualified to make that judgement. And is one listened to by the relevent authorities

I is one: what lovely use of grammar!

Sentences shouldn't start with and.

Sharon, your spelling and grammar haven't improved much, have they?

9:00 pm  
Blogger TP said...

I am truly appauled by the behaviour of 'anonymous' - and intrigued by their naming of everyone else apart from themselves. That shows only cowardice.

Do they truly hold any power? I doubt it. Are they stirring to cause upset and confusion. I think so.

10:59 am  
Blogger Anon said...


Whoever/whatever you are. Have you ever heard of 'fitness to practice'? It's something that all teachers have to prove. Anyone with a mental health history can be investigated by the medical board and will be deemed either fit or unfit to practice based on that.

Cat is a qualified teacher. She is fit to practice and should be recieving support rather than being flamed.

Go away and leave her and the others who comment on here alone. Lot's of people have mental health histories, some for suicide attempts, self harm, psychosis etc. At the end of the day, having a mental health history does not preclude you from being a worthwhile member of society.

You need to take time out to reflect on the effect of your actions. We are not scared of you. Merely disgusted by you.


1:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, many of these 'replies' and posts of 'support', are in fact Cat posting under assumed names (even some of the Anon ones) - she has been doing this for some time now. Please show some compassion folks, this lady is indeed in crisis, and may need more help than we realise.

9:45 am  
Anonymous Vicky said...

Hmmm...except that half of them lead to actual blogs....
do you know, every time i read an evil comment like that, a chill runs down my spine that there are still people like you in the world.

6:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cat/vicky please go get some help dear, this has gone far enough now

8:53 pm  
Blogger Anon said...

Yeah I think this has gone far enough too. Drop it!

8:16 pm  
Blogger AlBal said...

I don't really know much about your background as I'm new to blog but I did wish to express some concern over your listed interests, Cat. To list "blood" as a personal interest and your favourite film as "Girl Interrupted" seems a bit too stereotypical to be genuine. If it is genuine or indeed an attempt at irony, you have my sincerest apologies. I am currently going through my own mental crisis (I'm being treated for agitated depression and self injuring) so please don't doubt my experience of mental anguish and excuse my scepticism. If you are in need of some self help, I can recommend "Mind Over Mood" by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky

11:13 pm  
Blogger CURIOUS said...

Hey Cat, I don't know u but I understand how u feel. Ignore anonymous before he becomes a stupid nagging mad voice in ur head.

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