Scots trainer advised faculty boss she couldn’t keep in mind alleged kiss with pupil, listening to advised

A SCOTS trainer accused of groping and kissing a pupil at an area nightclub advised faculty bosses she couldn’t keep in mind the alleged incident, a listening to was advised.

Pupils had been stated to have reported Ashley McConnell to academics at Thurso Excessive College in Caithness after being left feeling “indignant” by her alleged behaviour.

The physics trainer, also called Ashley Swanson, is alleged to have danced in a sexualised method with a sixth yr pupil at native Skinandi’s nightclub in March 2018.

Mrs McConnell denies the allegations.

She has additionally been accused of kissing the 17-year-old, touching his backside and groin and holding arms with him in the course of the evening in query.

Miss McConnell, who was 30 on the time and married, admits holding arms with the teenager however denies kissing him.

Earlier this month her pal and former colleague Emilie Charton, who was together with her on the evening, stated McConnell was drunk and appearing flirtatious on the nightclub.

At this time (MON), the Normal Educating Council for Scotland (GTCS) heard proof from
Thurso Excessive College headteacher Kathryn MacKay who investigated the claims.

Anonymising the id of the pupils concerned, she stated: “Pupils B, C, D and E got here to my workplace with a steerage trainer and advised me that that they had been at a nightclub and Miss McConnell had kissed Pupil A.

“There additionally appeared to have been an argument between Ashley and one of many women.

“Sure, the steerage trainer took them right down to my workplace, they had been simply sat there and advised me.

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“They did say that that they had noticed Pupil A kiss the trainer.

“I used to be proven video footage on Tuesday 27 March – I might see Pupil B dancing and Pupil A and Ashley McConnell had been standing speaking, that’s all they had been doing.

“From what they stated, I didn’t suppose that Miss McConnell ought to have been behaving that approach, I don’t suppose she ought to have been on the nightclub amongst her pupils.

“That [the kiss] shouldn’t occur, we’re academics, we shouldn’t be having any sort of relationship like that in any respect.

“My private opinion I consider we should always behave in a fashion that doesn’t put the occupation in disrepute.”

“Ashley got here to me and stated she couldn’t keep in mind the incident, I used to be suggested to instantly droop her which I did, she started to cry.”

A former male pupil who was privately tutored at McConnell’s house for a yr and was additionally there on the evening gave proof in McConnell’s defence.

He stated: “It might negatively impression the group and the college [if she was struck off], she is a good trainer and it will be detrimental to the pupils.

“I might describe her as an excellent trainer, she was a bit extra right down to earth than a few of the older academics, I believe she was effectively favored by pupils and employees.”

The pupil claimed that though he had been in Skinandi’s nightclub on the evening in query he didn’t keep in mind seeing Miss McConnell act inappropriately.

He stated: “It was subjective to say they had been drunk however no I’m not an knowledgeable however in my private opinion I might not say she was excessively drunk.

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“I didn’t see these occasions on that evening.

“I didn’t see that occasion happen.”

Miss McConnell faces being struck off the educating register by the Normal Council for Scotland (GTCS) following an investigation over her alleged behaviour.

Dr Fiona Grant, a former head trainer from the college, revealed to the GTCS panel earlier this month how she launched an investigation into the allegations.

Ashley McConnell
The alleged incident occurred at Skindandi’s nightclub in Thurso, Caithness.

Miss McConnell was suspended after involved pupils approached faculty bosses with a video of the alleged incident.

Describing a nonetheless picture taken from the video Dr Grant stated that “Miss McConnell’s hand is flat in the direction of pupil A’s groin.”

College students who had been on the nightclub stated the trainer was dancing in a “sexualised” and “soiled” method.

The Thurso Excessive College pupil that Miss McConnell has been accused of appearing inappropriately with advised faculty bosses he kissed the mum-of-two “three or 4 occasions”.

Miss McConnell has additionally been accused of telling two pupils on the membership to “f**ok off” earlier than gesturing two fingers at them.

She then additionally allegedly stated she would “combat the b***h” in reference to one of many feminine pupils.

Giving proof on the listening to, Ms Charton, who lately left Thurso Excessive College, stated: “I met Ashley and had identified her for about six months once we went out.

“I do know our skilled boundaries with pupils and that we shouldn’t be socialising on a private stage with pupils.

“Ashley was consuming Jack Daniels and coke whereas additionally ordering Budweiser and he or she did this perhaps two or 3 times.

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“I don’t consider that she was in full management of her actions, she was greater than tipsy and I don’t keep in mind her making any advances.

“If she was sober it will by no means have occurred as when individuals are drunk they do issues they usually wouldn’t.

“Ashley was feeling like she wished to get together, I used to be the one who needed to push her away.

“[She] was drunk, extra aggressive and delicate to the feedback when she gave the lady the finger.

“I had not seen her act in a flirtatious method earlier than and all of this makes me suppose she was not in management.”

The listening to continues.