A SCOTS instructor has been reprimanded after being caught within the possession of a stun gun.
Henry Kilgour purchased the excessive voltage weapon on-line in January 2019 while working as a physics instructor at Lanark Grammar College in South Lanarkshire.
The secondary instructor mentioned he was making an attempt to buy a toy stun gun to amuse colleagues on the college.
Nevertheless, when the merchandise arrived, Kilgour was disillusioned with the standard so went on to purchase a extra practical one.
The next month he was contacted by the UK Border Drive who had intercepted the sale.
Following an investigation by Police Scotland, Kilgour was subsequently charged for buying a weapon.
In July 2021 he was then convicted of buying the stun gun at Hamilton Sheriff Court docket however later admonished for the offence in January this 12 months, the place the sheriff branded him “silly”.
The Basic Instructing Council for Scotland (GTCS) yesterday launched paperwork displaying that Kilgour agreed to just accept a reprimand from the regulator.
He assured the panel that his sole intention was to amuse his colleagues and that he by no means meant to make use of the stun gun on pupils.
The panel mentioned: “The instructor had determined to buy a toy ‘stun gun’ following some light-hearted discussions which had taken place with colleagues in school in late 2018.
“The instructor’s choice to buy a toy ‘stun gun’ had been solely motivated by a want to amuse colleagues in school.
“The instructor effected his buy from an internet retailer and acknowledged that he had been disillusioned on the high quality of the delivered merchandise.
“He acknowledged that this disappointment led to his second on-line buy of an analogous however extra practical merchandise, once more with the only real goal of amusing colleagues in school.
“He was contacted by UK Border Drive officers in February 2019 who suggested that that they had intercepted the second bought merchandise, and additional suggested the instructor that he ought to destroy his preliminary buy of a toy ‘stun gun’.
“The instructor acknowledged that he complied with the request to destroy the toy ’stun gun’ and that he had been totally co-operative with each UK Border Drive and Police Scotland all through their investigations.”
Kilgour underwent a disciplinary assembly together with his employer in October 2021 and was issued with a last written warning.
The GTCS paperwork continued: “The instructor acknowledged that his sole intention had been to amuse colleagues in school and that he had by no means meant to apply it to pupils or trigger any hurt, particularly as he had believed he was buying a toy.
“While initially of the view that his behaviour didn’t represent related conduct, the instructor acknowledged that he now accepted the seriousness of the allegation following in depth reflection.
“He expressed perception into the conduct and had proven regret for his behaviour. He submitted that no hurt had been precipitated to any youngster or younger particular person.
“The instructor acknowledged that he not solely regretted his conduct however that he was disgusted by it.”
The instructing panel concluded that Kilgour didn’t fulfil his skilled accountability to be a job mannequin and mentioned his actions had been ‘behaviour of a reckless nature.’
They concluded: “The conduct constituted legal behaviour of a reckless nature. Nevertheless, no hurt had been precipitated to any pupil nor had the conduct occurred in a faculty setting.
“The instructor had admitted the misconduct. The instructor had mirrored on the matter, expressed real regret and brought steps to remediate.
“Having regard to the circumstances of the case and the elements referred to above, the panel thought of that the suitable and proportionate manner of coping with the instructor’s case was to concern the instructor with a reprimand.”