Mentor-training charity Trailblazers has defended itself against accusations by The Sun that it was guilty of a "political correctness own goal" by ditching trainee volunteer Sarah Templeton because she had called a colleague "petal".
Lisa Taylor, programme manager at the charity said: "Everyone here knows what rubbish that is. I had a half-hour conversation with Sarah last Friday and she admitted that lots of her comments were stupid."
The Sun reported that Templeton said she had merely called a fellow volunteer "petal" and described the decision to axe her from the prisoner mentoring volunteer scheme as "pathetic".
But Taylor said: "She obviously can't handle the truth about the reasons why we didn't hire her.
"We know for sure that everything we have done is absolutely right," she added. "She is not suitable to be a mentor for people who have committed serious offences because in a multi-cultural society you can't go around upsetting people like she did."
Taylor added that although Templeton had "done everything she can to give us a bad press", she would not disclose the exact nature of her comments out of "human kindness" and because she and the volunteers on the training course had been told not to by the prison service.