A student was expelled from school when he took to Facebook to complain about a staff member who had ‘told him to man up’ after his father died.
Jacob Belsham confided in a member of staff at Sandbach High School in Cheshire when his father died following a battle with Oesophageal cancer.
In May, Jacob, who has Asperger’s, was disciplined when he wrote a social media post accusing staff of discriminating against people with mental health problems.
Two months later, the 18-year-old sixth form student was permanently excluded following another ‘angry’ message he sent to a fellow pupil.
Jacob took his case to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), which has now found the top-performing school breached exclusion procedures by not informing him of his right to an independent review.
Jacob had been studying at a different college and sat his first-year exams while his father was in a hospice.
After receiving disappointing grades, he decided to retake his A-levels at Sandbach High after his father Lee died in May last year.