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Coronavirus homeschooling: Teacher sent ‘vile’ video of incest and sexual references by mistake

A teacher has sent a ‘vile’ video featuring incest and sexual references to nine-year-olds studying at home.

Pupils aged between nine and 11 at Ings Primary School in east Hull were sent the inappropriate parody video after the teacher uploaded the wrong clip to Google Classroom.

The teacher had meant to sent a clip of the former childrens’ poet laureate Michael Rosen performing The Car Trip – an innocent poem about siblings fighting in the back of a car during a journey with their mother.

But a parody version, called The Horrible Car Trip, sexualised the poem and dubbed clips of Mr Rosen together to make it seem like he was telling a wildly inappropriate story involving incest.   

Pupils aged between nine and 11 at Ings Primary School in east Hull were sent the inappropriate parody video after the teacher uploaded the wrong clip to Google Classroom. Pictured, a screengrab from Michael Rosen’s Horrible Car Trip

Children were instructed to watch the clip, before completing the activities on an attached powerpoint.

Following complaints from angry parents, the teacher has now apologised for the ‘genuine mistake’, telling all Year Five and Year Six pupils on Google Classroom: ‘I am really sorry I put the wrong poetry clip on.’

But parents have been left disgusted and the father of a ten-year-old said he was shocked at what he knew his little girl had seen. 

‘Teachers need to check what they’re setting kids and not just being lazy and posting random links that they haven’t verified,’ said the father, who did not wish to be named.

The teacher had meant to sent a clip of the former childrens' poet laureate Michael Rosen performing The Car Trip - an innocent poem about siblings fighting in the back of a car during a journey with their mother. Pictured, Ings Primary School

The teacher had meant to sent a clip of the former childrens’ poet laureate Michael Rosen performing The Car Trip – an innocent poem about siblings fighting in the back of a car during a journey with their mother. Pictured, Ings Primary School

‘I half heard it the first time as I was working and she was sat next to me and was struggling to answer the questions.

‘So I had to listen to the poem properly and realised something was severely wrong with what she was listening to and turned the video off.’

Instead of sending a clip of Mr Rosen’s Car Trip, which is aimed at children, a parody version of the video which had been posted on YouTube, was sent out.

Mr Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children’s book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. He almost died of coronavirus last year.

Following complaints from angry parents, the teacher has now apologised for the 'genuine mistake', telling all Year Five and Year Six pupils on Google Classroom: 'I am really sorry I put the wrong poetry clip on'

Following complaints from angry parents, the teacher has now apologised for the ‘genuine mistake’, telling all Year Five and Year Six pupils on Google Classroom: ‘I am really sorry I put the wrong poetry clip on’

Children were left confused over the video, which had accompanying questions to answer, with some watching it several times to try and make sense of it.

As well as incest references, the video includes references to sexual acts and child abuse that are too graphic to quote.

The father added: ‘I ended up having to find the correct version of the poem on google as I couldn’t believe what I had heard and didn’t want my daughter to listen to such filth again.

‘I think this needs highlighting as I only found out as my daughter was sat next to me listening to it.’

He said other parents who had left their children to get on with their work on their laptops while they worked themselves from home had not realised what their children were seeing.

Mr Rosen (pictured) is one of the best-known figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. He almost died of coronavirus last year

Mr Rosen (pictured) is one of the best-known figures in the children’s book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. He almost died of coronavirus last year

The father, who has said he was ‘shocked’ in general with the poor quality of the teaching, with no live lessons offered, added that the video was available on Google Classroom for ‘over and hour’ before the mistake was realised.

Kath Roe, executive headteacher at Ings Primary School, said: ‘The poem was uploaded in error and we’ve apologised for this genuine mistake. We’d also like to thank the parent who got in touch with us immediately after noticing the error.

‘Changes have been made to the uploading process, and we will ensure that the content shared with our students is thoroughly checked by our teachers.

‘We would also like to thank parents for supporting their children in accessing online learning, and we are pleased to see that so many of our students are taking part.’

Children in the UK have been told to stay away from school until mid-February after the nation was plunged into a lockdown on January 5.