Three teachers struck off over allegations of inappropriate behaviour

teacherverification June 21, 2012 0

Three teachers have been struck off amid allegations of sexual assault, kerb crawling and altering pupils’ grades.

Their cases were heard by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) on Tuesday, though none of the teachers were present.

Malcolm Stopani, understood to have taught at Scotstown Primary in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, Andrew Beattie, a teacher at Selkirk High School and Kimberly Wilson, who worked at Dumfries High School, were each struck off with consent.

The council heard that English teacher Ms Wilson had failed to maintain appropriate and professional boundaries, using a computer system to alter the grades of three pupils on January 18, 2010. On February 2 of the same year she posted remarks about pupils on her personal Facebook page, which were read out at the hearing.

Four months later, the teacher invited a 16-year-old male pupil to a private party at her home address, where she allowed him to consume alcohol and spend a night in the house.

The panel also heard a case against Mr Stopani, who was stopped by police in Aberdeen’s Wellington Street in December 2009 and charged with trying to find prostitutes.

In the case of former biology teacher Mr Beattie, he agreed to be removed from the register following allegations of sexual assault against a 15-year-old schoolboy in the 90s.

The victim came forward after Beattie was convicted for owning indecent images in February this year. He is currently serving a four-month prison sentence and was placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.

While the teachers each agreed to be struck off, the GTCS ruled that they will have to wait three years before they can appeal the decision.

Source : stv

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