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Teachers and anonymity

The EIS has pressed for a change in the law to grant teachers the anonymity given to their accusers. "As things stand, protection is given to the complainers and absolutely no protection to the person complained against," Ronnie Smith, its general secretary, said recently.

The union was particularly angered earlier this year by unfounded claims against Lorraine Stirling, a Dollar primary teacher who was found not guilty at Alloa sheriff court after a group of pupils alleged she had pinched their skin, pulled their hair and hit them with books and rulers.

The court heard pupils were "getting together and making up stories".

Mr Smith said the whole country had shared in her ordeal.

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