A married teacher has been caught sending messages about sex, drug and alcohol to a former pupil – and even let her mark exam papers. She has been struck off for five years.
Kate McCann, 40, spoke to the student over Facebook about her sex life, underwear, condoms and even discussed whether her colleagues were ‘MILFs’ or ‘DILFs’.
McCann was reported to authorities when a complaint was lodged by the parents of the former student – who was referred to as Individual A throughout a disciplinary hearing.
The hearing was told how the teacher befriended the young girl over Facebook and her parents had printed an ‘extremely high volume’ of messages which amounted to over 900 A4 pages. The exchanges occurred during July 2017.
McCann claimed the pair developed a ‘co-dependent friendship’, but accepted her messages were ‘inappropriate’ and she resigned from working at the school.
Lancashire Live reported that the teacher – who had been working at the unnamed school for around 16 years – sent Individual A a message in school hours which said: “I’m bored now. We’ve got to the part where the middle age women moaning about their bosses.”
Discussion also turned to whether other staff members were ‘MILFs’ or ‘DILFs’ as well as other personal relationships of colleagues and their ‘obsession with sex, marriage and relationships’.
The panel were also told how there were references to ‘alcohol and drug taking’ as well as the teacher letting the pupil mark exam papers because she didn’t have time.
In a message she said: “Thanks for marking them, I’ll get some money to you for it.”
A decision was made to ban McCann from teaching for five years with the chair of the tribunal Alan Meyrick explaining: “In the panel’s view, all of the issues arose from Mrs McCann’s initial gross misjudgement in allowing a friendship to develop with Individual A and, thereafter, treated her as a friend and which appeared to cloud her determination as to what was appropriate, including the marking of examination papers.
“However, as the examinations were internal and would not have had any long-term detrimental effect on a pupil’s education, the panel determined this to be towards the lower end of the seriousness spectrum.
“There was no evidence that Individual A had, in fact, been harmed by Mrs McCann’s actions although a potential risk was present. The panel also noted that the conduct had taken place in a relatively short period of time and only one pupil was directly impacted.
“Mrs McCann’s actions were capable of being remedied. She had admitted and accepted her actions at the earliest opportunity and that her behaviour had been inappropriate.
“There was no suggestion it was calculated in any manner. The panel noted Mrs McCann’s explanation that her conduct had arisen, in part, due to difficulties that were present in her personal life.
“I consider therefore that a five-year review period is required to satisfy the maintenance of public confidence in the profession.”