August 19, 2022

A Educating watchdog has discovered a Scots teacher 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 career throughout a listening to in entrance of the Basic Instructing Council for Scotland (GTCS).

The physics trainer, who taught at Thurso Substantial College in Caithness, was identified to have kissed the 17-calendar year-old pupil at a local nightclub, Skinandi’s, in March 2018.

Ashley McConnell
Ashley McConnell taught physics at Thurso Significant College. Credit history: Deadline Information

The instructing panel also believed there was sufficient evidence to verify that the married mum danced in a “flirtatious” way with him.

McConnell, who was 30 at the time, informed the GTCS that she had drunk an abnormal volume of liquor on the evening in problem and could not bear in mind anything.

Miss McConnell admitted holding fingers with the Thurso Large School boy and also telling other pupils on that night to “f*** off” after they questioned her behaviour.

She also admitted ingesting an excessive volume of alcoholic beverages and providing one female pupil the center finger.

The GTCS located there was not adequate evidence to confirm allegations that Overlook McConnell touched the pupil on the bottom or groin region.

The panel will now have to figure out whether or not McConnell’s health to train is impaired and if she will be authorized to continue to be on the teaching sign up.

Yesterday, Overlook McConnell claimed she experienced not touched liquor considering the fact that the night time in concern.

Battling to keep on being on the teaching sign-up, she claimed: “I realised that my carry out experienced fallen brief, I really do not drink alcoholic beverages anymore, maybe if I hadn’t been consuming liquor that evening I would not be in the scenario we are in.

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“I truly feel a great offer of regret and disgrace.

“Behaviour of this nature will hardly ever be recurring, I hope you will see that my perform at the time was in stark contrast to my typical character. The risk of repetition is non-existent.

Ashley McConnell
The alleged incident happened at Skindandi’s nightclub in Thurso, Caithness. Credit score: Deadline Information

“My carry out in operate was by no means questioned, I’ve taken all the steps that I can. I have built lots and loads of variations.”

Miss McConnell refused to accept that she might have remaining the pupil with extensive long lasting emotional injury right after their kiss at the nightclub.

She claimed: “Did I annoy him that night? Sure, and was he the one particular who allegedly stopped the events? sure, but no I don’t believe it caused him very long lasting emotional problems.”

Skip McConnell spoke of how the evening in dilemma experienced taken its toll on her.

She stated: “It has by now affected me, I have not been in a position to educate for the previous four several years.

“I could get a different work but that does not fill me with pleasure, I do not sense excited or passionate about that [another job].

“I’ve been doing private tutoring but it’s not the same.”

The GTCS also yesterday listened to from instructor and pal of Pass up McConnell, Leslie-Anne Wooles.

She said: “The final time I observed her in man or woman was at a wedding day, it was a cost-free bar with plenty of liquor and Ashley did not touch a one drop.”

Before this week the panel heard from another colleague, Angela Sutherland, who was out with McConnell on the evening in March and couldn’t believe that she was still standing.


She reported: “The total science office was in my house for my 50th birthday, we experienced a takeaway and drank some wines and beers.

“Ashley had a whole lot to drink at my house, that was ahead of we experienced even gone out, when I still left her she was seriously drunk, she was barely stringing two phrases collectively.

“I was moderately sober, because we were being in my home.

“I didn’t seriously come to feel drunk at any level that evening and I was quite informed of how drunk she was.

“She’d been drinking beers but I think Jack Daniels as effectively and when I still left she gave me a major hug and was slurring her terms indicating ‘I like you’, I don’t know how she was even now standing.”

Skip McConnell faces currently being struck off the training register by the General Instructing Council for Scotland (GTCS) subsequent an investigation above her alleged conduct.

She was suspended from her occupation immediately after concerned pupils approached school bosses with a online video of the alleged incident.

Pupils who ended up at the nightclub reported the teacher was dancing in a “sexualised” and “dirty” method.

The Thurso Superior Faculty pupil that Overlook McConnell was accused of performing inappropriately with advised school bosses he kissed her “three or four times”.

The hearing carries on.