A TEACHING watchdog has discovered a Scots trainer responsible of kissing and dancing flirtatiously with a pupil at a neighborhood nightclub.
Ashley McConnell broke down in tears yesterday as she fought for her job throughout a listening to in entrance of the Common Instructing Council for Scotland (GTCS).
The physics trainer, who taught at Thurso Excessive Faculty in Caithness, was discovered to have kissed the 17-year-old pupil at a neighborhood nightclub, Skinandi’s, in March 2018.
The instructing panel additionally believed there was sufficient proof to show that the married mum danced in a “flirtatious” method with him.
McConnell, who was 30 on the time, advised the GTCS that she had drunk an extreme quantity of alcohol on the evening in query and couldn’t keep in mind the whole lot.
Miss McConnell admitted holding palms with the Thurso Excessive Faculty boy and in addition telling different pupils on that night to “f*** off” after they questioned her behaviour.
She additionally admitted consuming an extreme quantity of alcohol and giving one feminine pupil the center finger.
The GTCS discovered there was not sufficient proof to show allegations that Miss McConnell touched the pupil on the underside or groin space.
The panel will now have to find out whether or not McConnell’s health to show is impaired and if she can be allowed to stay on the instructing register.
Yesterday, Miss McConnell claimed she had not touched alcohol because the evening in query.
Combating to stay on the instructing register, she stated: “I realised that my conduct had fallen quick, I don’t drink alcohol anymore, maybe if I hadn’t been consuming alcohol that evening I wouldn’t be within the scenario we’re in.
“I really feel an excessive amount of regret and disgrace.
“Behaviour of this nature won’t ever be repeated, I hope you will notice that my conduct on the time was in stark distinction to my typical character. The chance of repetition is non-existent.
“My conduct in work was by no means questioned, I’ve taken all of the steps that I can. I’ve made tons and many adjustments.”
Miss McConnell refused to simply accept that she could have left the pupil with lengthy lasting emotional harm after their kiss on the nightclub.
She stated: “Did I annoy him that evening? Sure, and was he the one who allegedly stopped the occasions? sure, however no I don’t suppose it precipitated him lengthy lasting emotional harm.”
Miss McConnell spoke of how the evening in query had taken its toll on her.
She stated: “It has already affected me, I’ve not been in a position to train for the final 4 years.
“I may get one other job however that doesn’t fill me with pleasure, I don’t really feel excited or enthusiastic about that [another job].
“I’ve been doing personal tutoring but it surely’s not the identical.”
The GTCS additionally yesterday heard from trainer and buddy of Miss McConnell, Leslie-Anne Wooles.
She stated: “The final time I noticed her in individual was at a marriage, it was a free bar with a lot of alcohol and Ashley didn’t contact a single drop.”
Earlier this week the panel heard from one other colleague, Angela Sutherland, who was out with McConnell on the night in March and couldn’t imagine she was nonetheless standing.
She stated: “The entire science division was in my home for my fiftieth birthday, we had a takeaway and drank some wines and beers.
“Ashley had loads to drink at my home, that was earlier than we had even gone out, once I left her she was actually drunk, she was hardly stringing two phrases collectively.
“I used to be fairly sober, as a result of we have been in my home.
“I didn’t actually really feel drunk at any level that evening and I used to be very conscious of how drunk she was.
“She’d been consuming beers however I believe Jack Daniels as effectively and once I left she gave me an enormous hug and was slurring her phrases saying ‘I like you’, I don’t understand how she was nonetheless standing.”
Miss McConnell faces being struck off the instructing register by the Common Instructing Council for Scotland (GTCS) following an investigation over her alleged behaviour.
She was suspended from her job after involved pupils approached college bosses with a video of the alleged incident.
College students who have been on the nightclub stated the trainer was dancing in a “sexualised” and “soiled” method.
The Thurso Excessive Faculty pupil that Miss McConnell was accused of performing inappropriately with advised college bosses he kissed her “three or 4 occasions”.
The listening to continues.