False allegations are the reason that any male would avoid primary teaching like the plague.
One allegation of "inappropriate" behaviour, no matter how unfounded, and you can kiss your career goodbye ( and probably everything else if you are in a small town).
Indeed, even break up a playground fight or restrain an out-of-control child and at best you will be reported for misconduct to an external body and have months of stress.
Gordon Anderson, Reader's Comment, We need to support more men to become primary teachers, Dr Ian Davis, The Conversation, 9 March 2018
A male teacher friend of mine was without pay for 9 months as a result of an historic allegation - some 20 years prior.
The woman had a mental illness and attributed it to some event she could not remember.
He was the only male teacher in her school life, so it "must" have been him.
In the end the case was withdrawn on the day of the first proceedings.
It never had a chance to go ahead but in the process his life was in turmoil.
He ended up working as a road worker, and was paid more money (with shorter holidays but no marking!)
It is not terror of a false allegation, it is the destitution that often results.
Robert Thomas, Reader's Comment, We need to support more men to become primary teachers, Dr Ian Davis, The Conversation, 9 March 2018