July 3, 2022

A SCOTS RE teacher has been reprimanded just after he posted ‘anti-Semitic messages on social media’.

Edward Sutherland said he established a pretend Fb profile less than the pseudonym Stevie Harrison to continue to keep an eye on those people on the ‘fringe of society’.

The 52-calendar year-old, who teaches at Belmont Academy in Ayr, South Ayrshire, posted messages underneath the pseudonym in 2018, creating: “F**k Israel”.

Edward Sutherland, RE teacher
Edward Sutherland produced pretend accounts to continue to keep an eye on all those on the ‘fringe of society’. Credit score: Facebook

One more write-up read: “Looks like a selected Zio’s massive nose is out of joint”.

After a four-day listening to the Normal Training Council for Scotland (GTCS) yesterday dominated that Mr Sutherland would be reprimanded for his actions.

He will now encounter a wait around of up to a month to locate out how extended he will be suspended for.

Mr Sutherland was yesterday requested by his authorized agent no matter whether he would at any time produce an additional bogus account.

He said: “Absolutely not, I have discovered a lesson, posts ended up produced when I was vulnerable.

“It does not justification it but it is section of the context, I am entirely aware now of the utter stupidity of getting done so and of failing to realise that even however I experienced established my website page to private that is not a guarantee.

“For all those causes I would not do so yet again.

“The web site came into remaining due to my political advocacy, one particular of my charitable needs is to teach about Israel and I see myself as an educator, the instances would not crop up once more.

“I shall be extremely nicely conscious for the relaxation of my teaching job to be thorough and circumspect about what I place on-line.

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“I have brought on harm to myself and I have triggered hurt to colleagues. I deeply regret it.”

Belmont Academy, Ayr
Belmont Academy (pictured) is exactly where Edward Sutherland taught RE. Credit: Google Maps

The Presenting Officer, Gary Burton, then questioned the GTCS panel to undertake a holistic tactic when wanting at the circumstance of Mr Sutherland.

He explained to them to take into account no matter whether Mr Sutherland experienced harmed children’s thinking but also famous that no kid was immediately involved in the problem and that there was no abuse of power.

Mr Sutherland’s lawful consultant, Ken McGuire, argued that a shortened three thirty day period reprimand need to be imposed instead than the normal six months.

Mr McGuire stated: “I say six months would be also extended, a interval of 3 months would be proper. We are now in mid-April.

“A interval of 3 months would consider into the end of the school time period which would mean he could arrive back again up coming term with a clean up slate.

“It would be a sufficient sanction. In my submission, the other sanctions would not be ideal.”

The trainer, from Prestwick, South Ayrshire, had confronted getting struck off the register adhering to a string of allegations relating to the inappropriate Fb account.

Messages from the account examine: “Back after a 30 day ban, my first imagined? F**k Israel.”

Even though sharing a connection to a JustGiving web site raising money for a Jewish solicitor who is regarded to Mr Sutherland, yet another read: “I’ve noticed it all now. Zio p***k’s inquiring for donations.

“Should be in the f**king jail for all the stuff he’s finished.”

Sharing a article from a team member of the Glasgow Palestine Human Rights Marketing campaign Fb site, he allegedly wrote: “I knew I’d noticed that f**king Zio before.

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“Tried to stitch up a very good mate of mine. P**k. No cost Palestine ya b****d”.

Together with laughing emojis, yet another post read through: “Zio p***k [redacted] been a poor boy.

“All these Muslims he promises to utilize and two of his lawyers are performed for drink driving.

Other messages read: “Looks like a specific Zio’s large nose is out of joint. Really do not fear [redacted]. You are going to get what is coming to you. I listen to you’re in a good deal of problems. And that complaint’s likely in.”

“A selected Jewish law firm woke up this morning to discover Totally free Palestine painted rather prominently”.

Mr Sutherland was a convener of the Confederation of Mates of Israel (COFIS) at the time but stepped down pending investigation.