Drunk teacher filmed in boxers by a pupil is struck off

The intoxicated teacher was filmed by a pupil in the street in just his boxers and trainers and footage of the incident was posted on Facebook

Tes Reporter

Drunk teacher filmed in boxers by a pupil is struck off

A drunk teacher filmed by a pupil in the street while wearing only his boxer shorts and trainers has been banned from the profession.

The secondary school teacher was caught on camera by a pupil one morning in public, and was arrested for abusing paramedics.

Footage of the incident was posted online and watched by other pupils and staff.


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He failed to disclose to the school that he had been charged over his intoxicated behaviour.

The man – who has been granted anonymity – was brought before a disciplinary panel and has now been struck off the teaching register by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

'Currently unfit to teach'

The allegations against the man known as Teacher Z were that he was "under the influence of alcohol, dressed only in boxer shorts and trainers on a public road, and a video clip of you in such a state was posted on Facebook by a pupil".

Concluding that the man was "currently unfit to teach", the GTCS fitness-to-teach panel added there was a "high risk" of a similar incident happening again.

If he could "demonstrate that he had taken sufficient steps in his recovery to be considered fit to teach" in the next year, the man could apply to re-register to work in the profession.

Finding he had breached the teachers' code of conduct in six ways, the outcome posted online said: "The panel considered whether the teacher had fallen significantly short of the standards expected, meaning that he is unfit to teach.

"The panel considered that having regard to the very serious nature of the conduct, the high risk of recurrence and the public interest considerations that the teacher falls significantly short of the standards expected.

"For these reasons, the panel concluded that the teacher is currently unfit to teach."

The incident, which happened on a Wednesday morning in June 2018, also led to his conviction in court and a fine.

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