AN "attention-seeking" Swansea teacher has been struck off today for faking terminal cancer to trick her school into thinking she was dying.
Science teacher Samantha Scrine, 26, had already been sacked from Gowerton School after claiming she was dying from a rare form of stomach cancer.
Now she has been banned from any classroom for the next five years at least.
Miss Scrine even gave her school a pack with a CD of songs she wanted to be played at her funeral.
And she took DNA swabs from her workmates pretending she needed to find out if they could donate bone marrow in a last bid save her life.
She later claimed she had "lost her head" and that stress had made her believe she was terminally ill.
But a disciplinary panel decided she had acted dishonestly for around nine months - and removed her from the teaching register.
Panel chairman Peter Williams said: "Miss Scrine's behaviour was dishonest, preplanned and persistent.
"This was a very serious case of unacceptable professional conduct. The conduct was deliberate. A number of her actions must have involved significant preplanning.
"It was a serious abuse of colleagues which impacted on them professionally, emotionally and in their private lives."
Miss Scrine apologised for the bogus cancer claims - saying it was caused by depression and stress.
She appealed to save her career by not being struck off. But the disciplinary panel of the General Teaching Council for Wales feared she might do it again.
Mr Williams said: "We accept she may at some point have had a mistaken belief she had cancer.
"But her behaviour was dishonest. The extensive preplanning and embellishment of her condition was deliberate.
"She poses a significant risk of repeating her dishonest behaviour.
"This behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with Miss Scrine remaining a registered teacher."
The panel heard how the funeral pack Miss Scrine gave to the school included a presentation about her life and a credit card to pay for her send-off.
After taking DNA swabs from her colleagues, she forged documents from a hospital thanking them for providing the samples.
She claimed she was undergoing radiotherapy and was too ill to teach - and her school then arranged for cover at a cost of £5,500.
Presenting officer Louise Price said: "Miss Scrine's behaviour impacted on the school and the students by denying them continuous, uninterrupted education.
"But it had the biggest effect on her colleagues, who were tearful and upset as well as feeling shameful and struggling to trust each other."
Miss Scrine, from Swansea, backed up her story by sending thousands of text messages pretending to be her own mother.
The school eventually spoke to her actual family - who confirmed she did not have cancer but was suffering from depression.
She claimed she was suffering from the effects of gallstones which led her to believe she had cancer.
She said she would go to hospital waiting rooms and take pain medication to cope with her symptoms.
Her legal representative, Angharad Booker, said: "She was a young girl under immense amounts of pressure.
"She made a mistake and she is sorry."
Miss Scrine admitted making false statements, obtaining DNA swabs under false pretences and falsifying documents from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
She accepted unacceptable professional conduct and was given an indefinite prohibition order. She will not be allowed to reapply to teach for at least five years.