Jessie J’s tales of gun crime at school are ‘just wrong’, according to headteacher

The Independent is reporting that the headteacher of Jessie J’s secondary school in Dagenham, east London, has criticised the singer for claiming she faced gun crime as a pupil…

The “Price Tag” singer told Time Out magazine earlier this week: “I feel a duty to try to combat gun and knife crime and racial attacks because they happened at my school.

“There was a lot of gang crime — gun and knife crime and racial attacks. I don’t want to talk about gangs who may know where I am, but the things I witnessed at a young age were horrific.”

But Andy Rehling, headteacher of Mayfield School, Jessie J’s former secondary school, said there had been no knife crime, shootings or gang violence in all the time he had been at the school.

He said: “I have been headteacher here for 11 years and I simply don’t recognise the picture she’s painted of the school then or since, and neither do staff. I really don’t know where she’s coming from.”

Rehling, who joined the staff three years after the singer started there, said: “To say it is an exaggeration would be an understatement. It is just wrong…

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Maybe some poetic licence from Jessie J but fair play to Mr Rehling for putting the record straight for the good of the school’s reputation? Please let us know your views in the comments or on twitter… 

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  1. The Heads Mrs

    For goodness sake, this is Dagenham….not LA,,stop trying to “big up” your school days and make it sound all edgy….it’s not big and it’s not clever. More respect to you if you were a good role model who spoke about your positive experiences instead if trying to sound “street.”

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove JessieJ Anyone who bothers to pay attention to what Jessie J says on social issues needs to evaluate their existence.

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