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Primary school teacher sacked over viral video of her kicking a horse

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

An employee’s actions outside of work can have repercussions on their employer even over incidents that occur in their private life especially if posted on social media. Sarah Moulds, a primary school teacher, was sacked by her school after footage of a horse being hit by a woman went viral.

Mrs Moulds was a senior leader and class three team teacher at her local Somerby School and was also a director of the Knossington and Somerby Pre-School before her termination.

A video showing a horse being slapped after running into the road was shared online last month by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs, an anti-hunt group. They said the video showed members of the Cottesmore Hunt in Leicestershire.

The Pony Club, which claims to be the world’s largest equestrian youth organisation with more than 30,000 UK members, also terminated the schoolteacher’s position as a team manager while condemning her actions as ‘unacceptable’.

Mowbray Education Trust CEO, Paul Maddox said: ‘I can confirm that Sarah Moulds’ employment with the Trust has been terminated. As a Trust we are committed to ensuring the best standard of education for all of our young people and we look forward to continuing this throughout the 2021/22 academic year and beyond.’

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