Halifax teaching assistant tells jury she was wrong to Sellotape schoolgirl to chair

Teachers Rachel Louise Regan (left) and Deborah McDonald leaving a previous hearing at Calderdale Magistrates Court
Teachers Rachel Louise Regan (left) and Deborah McDonald leaving a previous hearing at Calderdale Magistrates Court
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A Halifax teaching assistant said she was wrong to Sellotape a schoolgirl to a chair, a court heard.

But Rachael Regan, 43, denied she ‘singled out’ the child in a ‘bad way’.

Regan, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, and teacher Deborah McDonald, 41, of Birks Hall Terrace, Halifax, deny the charges of cruelty which include taping the child to a chair, tying her shoes to her with string, sticking Post-it notes to her thumbs and shutting her in a storeroom.

Regan told the jury at Bradford Crown Court this morning (Tuesday) that taping the child to chair was a “bit of fun” and denied that her actions were a “deliberate attempt to humiliate the child”.

Prosecutor Andrew Waley read Regan’s police statement taken after her arrest in 2013.

“I know it does not look good. It looks absolutely ridiculous. I can’t believe it,” Regan told police.

She was being questioned about the alleged sticking of Post-it notes to the child’s thumbs at the Halifax primary school.

“We did it for fun - our fun, my fun,” Regan told police.

Regan, who told the court she stuck the Post-it notes to the victim’s thumbs to stop her from sucking them, said she felt “bullied” by the officer to say “what he wanted to hear”.

The trial continues.