STUDENTS at Ruthin School are being asked to 'unfriend' and block a former principal who was sacked after sending inappropriate texts to female pupils.

Toby Belfield was sacked in February.

In one case it was claimed by a teenage girl that the messages became so frequent, it had a serious impact on her mental health.

It was claimed he sent flirty texts to girls as young as 15.

Now a letter has gone out to parents from the chair of the council of management after Mr Belfield sent two messages to students, despite being told by the school not to make contact with students.

The letter, seen by the Free Press, states: "You are all of course of the concerning circumstances of Mr Belfield's departure from Ruthin School and in light of those, he has previously been requested not to contact any existing students or former students under 25.

"Unfortunately Mr Belfield has ignored that request by purposely sending two social media messages that we are aware of, intended for students and regarding this year's exams - via WeChat moments.

"The safety and wellbeing of our students is our key priority and we would like to ask for your continuing support with this.

"Please inform Ruthin's designated safeguarding person, Mark Rimmer [email address supplied], promptly if your child sees or receives any communication from Mr Belfield - whether in person or online.

"This includes direct messages or general messages, such as those on Insta Stories or WeChat moments."

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It was alleged Toby Belfield sent flirty messages to girls as young as 15

The letter added: "Could we also ask for your support in requesting your child to 'unfriend' and block Mr Belfield from all social media platforms through which he may currently be able to communicate with them.

"Thank you very much for your cooperation with this.

"The school has also asked Mr Belfield to unfriend all existing Ruthin students and all former Ruthin students under the age of 25 from his social media accounts."

Since Mr Belfield's departure, the school has appointed an interim principal and an interim bursar.

Paul Wallace-Woodroffe will join as interim principal before the Easter break and Nicholas Grenfell-Marten will be appointed interim bursar.

The school has taken steps to introduce remote learning.

The letter added: "Safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance, and we have been following the best safeguarding practice with respects to all aspects of remote learning."

Ruthin School was approached for further comment.