PARENTS have signed a petition to reinstate a teacher who we revealed was sacked for living a secret double life as a foul-mouthed YouTube sensation.
Christian Webb became an online hit with alter-ego MC Devvo singing about selling crack and feeling up girls “round the bike sheds” at school.
Lyrics include the lines “We’re gonna f**k your girlfriends, check out the flavour” and “Have a can of Kestrel an’ I’ll kick me’ girlfriend’s head in”.
He went viral in 2005 landing a spot on Channel 4 flop Whatever the following year and has been performing gigs under the pseudonym until at least last year.
His real identity had been a closely guarded secret but staff at King Edwards Primary School in Doncaster were horrified when they found out it was well-spoken Mr Webb.
Now over 1,000 people have signed an online petition to bring him back – including mums and dads at the school.
The Change.org petition addressed to the Mayor of Doncaster was launched today with the title: “Get MC Devvo his job back”.
The author of the appeal Tim Williams writes: “Many of us grew up watching MC Devvo spitting bars about his hometown of Doncaster, videos which first originated back in 2005 and made Devvo one of the first ever viral superstars.
When I was at school, I was ya fella
Round the bikesheds f******* Daniella
Round the bikesheds f******* Celina
Round the bike sheds f******* Delina
Got four fingers up, you should have seen her
And my trousers couldn’t be any keener
But a thought you was with Tina, Tina
We had a kid called Sedina
Devvo is ‘ere
Listenin’ to the beats and rhymin’ with a tear
Listen to the drop and feel the flavour it’s summer time
I’m startin’ out
I am poor
No pennies in me’ pocket
Can i sleep on ya’ floor?
Fresh outta’ jail
An time on me’ hands
Thatcher’s white magic
Can after can
King of the land
Are you a fan?
Listen to ma’ rhymes and tell me you am
You got the pennies and i got the scams
Doin it like the boys at WHAM!
“Even though Devvo rapped about doing drugs, having sex with underage girls and beating up his girlfriend, this is all quite clearly satirical and was proven so a long time ago.
“Therefore we think that it’s highly unfair that Devvo – real name Christian Webb – was recently fired from his job as a primary school teacher at King Edward School, Doncaster. By all accounts he was ‘brilliant’ at his job.
“We believe that Webb’s alter ego Devvo shouldn’t affect his employment as a teacher, especially as he hasn’t actively made any new content as Devvo for the past few years as he’s pursued his career as a teacher.
“It’s highly unfair that ‘mistakes’ from his past have affected his job and that those in charge have deemed it necessary to terminate his employment for something that he did years ago.
“Sign this petition if you agree with us and we will present it to King Edward School and the Mayor of Doncaster.”
Other online petitions have been launched including a call for MC Devvo to represent the UK at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest and another for him to be given Jeremy Kyle’s old morning slot on ITV.
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Parents in the quiet market town of Thorne, where the school is based, are said to be “up in arms” about the decision to fire him.
One said: “The parents were told he’d gone on sick and was unlikely to return. There should have been a meeting, I know the vast majority of parents would have called for him to remain in the job.”
Another said: “I totally disagree with the way the school has handled this as most of us knew for years who he was. If the school had held a meeting and involved us parents we would’ve backed Mr Webb 100%.”
A third added: “He may not want to but there are a lot of us parents who want him reinstated. In our opinion it’s unfair dismissal.”
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