Physics teacher accused of 'kissing and dancing with a pupil'

Female physics teacher faces being struck off after allegedly kissing and dancing with a pupil in a ‘sexualised manner’ at a nightclub and telling another student she would ‘fight the b***h’

  • Ashley McConnell allegedly kissed a pupil and touched his ‘bottom and groin’ 
  • She had been a physics teacher at Thurso High School, while he was a student 
  • McConnell also allegedly danced with him in ‘sexualised manner’ in a nightclub 
  • A six-day hearing into the allegations will begin next week in Edinburgh 

A Scottish teacher faces a grilling from a watchdog and could be banned from teaching after allegedly kissing a pupil and dancing with him in a local nightclub.

Physics teacher Ashley McConnell is alleged to have danced inappropriately with the male pupil at Skinandi’s nightclub in Thurso, Highland, in March 2018.

The physics teacher is said to have held the Thurso High School pupil’s hand and touched his bottom and groin area.

It is claimed she then told another two fellow pupils at the club to ‘f*** off’ before gesturing two fingers at them.

McConnell is alleged to have then said she would ‘fight the b***h’ in reference to one of the female pupils.

Following an investigation by the GTCS, McConnell is said to have contacted a pupil and asked them to write her a character statement about how ‘brilliant and helpful’ she was as a teacher.

She now faces being struck off the teaching register by the General Council for Scotland following an investigation over her alleged behaviour.

Physics teacher Ashley McConnell is alleged to have danced inappropriately with the male pupil at Skinandi’s nightclub (pictured) in Thurso, Highland, in March 2018

The physics teacher is also said to have held the pupil’s hand and touched his bottom and groin area. Pictured: File image of Thurso High School

McConnell is accused of kissing the boy, known only as ‘Pupil A’ at Skinandi’s nightclub on the evening of Saturday, March 24.

The full charges against her state: ‘On or around the evening of Saturday 24 March/morning of Sunday 25 March 2018, whilst in or in the vicinity of a nightclub in Thurso, namely Skinandi’s, you, Ashley McConnell, whilst a GTCS registered teacher, did kiss Pupil A, whom you knew to be a pupil at Thurso High School at the time. 

‘[You did] dance in a sexualised and/or flirtatious manner with Pupil A, whom you knew to be a pupil at Thurso High School at the time.

‘Hold hands with Pupil A, touch Pupil A [and] touch Pupil A on or around his groin area.

‘[You did] tell Pupil B and/or Pupil C to “f*** off” or words to that effect, make an offensive finger gesture at Pupil B, say that you would “fight the b**** if I have to” or words to that effect in reference to Pupil B, whilst making a threatening gesture.’

McConnell allegedly sent another pupil a message, writing: ‘Hi Person A, how are you?

‘I need to ask a big favour. 

If you have time could you write a statement about me as a teacher? How brilliant and helpful I was.

‘No I’m kidding but seriously if you could write a little statement it would really help my case with everything that’s going on just now.

‘I understand if you don’t want to or don’t have time so don’t worry if you can’t.’

The GTCS state that McConnell’s actions could have placed the young person at risk of ’emotional harm’.

A six day hearing into the allegations begins next week at the GTCS building in Edinburgh.

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