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Eton teacher, who was dismissed in free speech, is pictured attending the appeal hearing


An Eton teacher fired in a row for free speech was pictured attending an appeal hearing chaired by William and Harry's ex-caretaker that decided his future at the school at £ 42,500 a year.

Will Knowland lost his job after challenging so-called modern feminist views on "toxic masculinity" in an online lecture he prepared for older students.

His dismissal for allegedly refusing to remove his lecture from his personal YouTube channel has put the school at the center of a storm of protest over its allegedly "awakened" values ​​under current headmaster Simon Henderson.

Some people who originally supported Mr. Knowland have since distanced themselves after learning more about the lecture, which contained incorrect statistics on rape.

The English teacher also cited an article that said women want "to be overwhelmed by the sheer power of masculinity".

Mr Knowland wore a sleek blue suit with a formal shirt and white bow tie as he cycled to and from the hearing on the grounds of the £ 42,500 school this morning.

The English teacher was pictured shortly after noon as he returned to his grace and preferred his home, which he will have to lose if his dismissal is upheld.

His appeal hearing was facilitated by Eton's Vice Provost Dr. Andrew Gailey ran who cared for William and Harry when he was their caretaker in Eton.

Will Knowland was fired from his role as an English teacher at Eton after posting a lecture on YouTube suggesting that women want "to be overwhelmed by the sheer power of manhood."

The avid weightlifter made no comment when he returned to the large family home he shares with his wife Rachel and their five children.

He was seen clutching a wad of papers and holding a green face mask as he walked to his front door on a cul-de-sac next to the historic school.

Mr Knowland's sister, who was at his house, said, "I'm afraid we cannot comment."

An Eton spokesman also refused to comment on the hearing or even confirm whether it had taken place.

However, sources suggested that the Appellate Body that met at the school is not expected to make a decision about Mr Knowland's future for up to a week.

The series has Eton at the center of a storm of protest over his supposedly

The series has put Eton at the center of a storm of protest over his supposedly "woke up" values ​​under current headmaster Simon Henderson

A source said, “We usually get an appeal body result within seven days. It will most likely be next Monday, possibly Friday. "

In the lecture, he appeared to argue that sexual assaults by feminists were overrated for political reasons, saying, "Rape is not a clear right to male oppression of women, since male-to-male rape in prisons rapes male-to-female dwarfs." .

When challenged to comment in the comments below the video, he stated, "The only serious scientific studies ever conducted on the subject estimate that … 40-60 percent of rape allegations are false."

Most experts believe that the rate of false rape allegations in the UK is no more than 3-4 percent. The FBI puts the unsubstantiated reports in the US at 8 percent.

Sarah Green, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said Mr. Knowland was guilty of "extremely selective and misuse of rape statistics".

A call for funds from Mr Knowland to pay his legal fees in a labor court if his job is confirmed has raised more than £ 59,000 from 1,110 donors in the 11 days since his case became known.

The £ 60,000 target for calling donnerbox.org has recently been raised to £ 100,000 to reflect the growing support it is receiving from many of the old Etonians.

Mr. Knowland does not mention Eton on the donations page, but does state that he and his family are about to lose their home.

He says on the side: “I have been fired from my job. My wife and I become homeless with our five children.

"I am collecting money to challenge my dismissal in the labor court if necessary."

The Eton bosses had told Knowland not to share the talk with his class. So instead he posted it on his YouTube channel and then ignored the request to remove it. The avid weightlifter came to an appeal hearing to keep his job clean today

The Eton bosses had told Knowland not to share the talk with his class. So instead he posted it on his YouTube channel and then ignored the request to remove it. The avid weightlifter came to an appeal hearing to keep his job clean today

An online petition calling for Mr. Knowland to be reinstated has now been signed by more than 2,700 current and former students and other supporters.

One old boy said on the online petition: “I view political correctness and vigilance as an evil that mocks free speech and tries to turn the history of this great country upside down.

"No reputable educational institution should have a truck with them and strongly oppose it."

Another said: "I am an old Etonian from many years ago and I remember the free intellectual atmosphere in those days, which unfortunately seems to have evaporated to the great disadvantage of the school."

The ancient Etonians supported the English teacher, whose fate could be sealed by the end of the week when "political correctness and alertness were called evil".

The ancient Etonians supported the English teacher, whose fate could be sealed by the end of the week when "political correctness and alertness were called evil".

The argument between Mr. Knowland and Eton's bosses began after he prepared a controversial online lecture called Patriarchy Paradox as part of the school's Perspectives class for older students to take into account different viewpoints.

He was denied permission to show it directly to students after concerns about its contents were raised, including false statistics on rape and the suggestion that women wanted to be "overwhelmed by the sheer power of masculinity."

Mr Knowland responded by posting the video on his personal YouTube website and was fired after repeatedly refusing to remove it.

Since then, he has received widespread support from current and former students, as many have written directly to the school to protest and criticize the school's apparent pull to pursue a "bright" agenda that silences opposing views.

Last week it was announced that Eton theology teacher Dr. Luke Martin had given up his role as leader of the perspective classes in what was seen as a gesture or support to Mr. Knowland.

A call for funds from Mr Knowland to pay his legal fees in a labor court if his job is confirmed has raised more than £ 59,000 from 1,110 donors in the 11 days since his case became known

A call for funds from Mr Knowland to pay his legal fees in a labor court if his job is confirmed has raised more than £ 59,000 from 1,110 donors in the 11 days since his case became known

Dr. Martin, who is still in school, accused Mr. Henderson of leading an atmosphere in which deviations from conventional thinking could lead to ridicule or "formal discipline".

In his letter of complaint to the Vice Provost Dr. Gailey was warned that students were being forced to adopt a "so-called progressive" ideology that purported to be "inclusive, tolerant and kind" but resembled "religious fundamentalism".

Steven Pinker, an expert in experimental cognitive psychology, had previously endorsed Mr. Knowland but now said he would "not have given full support" if he had seen the talk for the first time.

Speaking to the telegraph last night, Prof. Pinker admitted, “I can understand the college's concern about the way the argument has been presented.

“I think students should be exposed to controversial views. But the lecture I thought wasn't a solid pedagogy, and Eton was right to question it. & # 39;

Like & # 39; Trendy Hendy & # 39; overseeing a lively revolution in Eton

Headmaster Simon Henderson transformed the UK's most famous school into a place that reflects the real concerns that fit his nickname "Trendy Hendy".

Headmaster Simon Henderson transformed the UK's most famous school into a place that reflects the real concerns that fit his nickname "Trendy Hendy".

Simon Henderson took over his role as Headmaster of Eton College five years ago and has been called "Trendy Hendy" by the students.

He is said to have a habit of wearing chinos and open-necked shirts and overseeing what was considered a cultural change in the famous school.

Mr Henderson once suggested getting rid of Eton's traditional tailcoats and is known to be interested in modern management techniques.

In 2016, he announced plans to split Eton's assistant principal role in two, creating an assistant director for "academic" affairs and another for "pastoral" affairs.

He has also created a new role as "Inclusion Education Director" to oversee diversity in Eton, and has appointed a woman to be a lower master or assistant director for the first time.

A source told the Telegraph that Mr. Henderson is "strongly committed" to changing the perception of Eton as "an old-fashioned pillar of social and male elitism".

The school has indicated that the decision to fire Mr Knowland was made by a disciplinary committee that the school principal is not on.