Disgraced teacher banned from classroom after he sent explicit messages to pupil

A disgraced secondary school teacher has been banned from the classroom for two years after sending a 17-year-old girl explicit messages, sexualising her in front of younger pupils and matching with her on a dating app. Alexander Lamont was working at a South Lanarkshire Council school between August 2018 and February 2019 when more than 50 incidents occurred. Claims against him were found proven last week by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Lamont, an English teacher, was found to have behaved inappropriately towards the student, known as Pupil A to protect her identity.

The teacher publicly sexualised the teenager in front of pupils as young as 12 and 13, and quizzed her on her sexual experiences in front of a class.

On one occasion, Mr Lamont referred to the teen as “glamorous and beautiful” in front of S2 pupils. He was also found to have unnecessarily touched her on the neck, shoulders and elbow during the lesson.

On other occasions, he also asked the teenager in front of younger pupils whether she had a boyfriend. He also told her they should “go for drinks” when she left school.

In September 2018, when an S2 pupil suggested it would be inappropriate for the teacher and the girl to enter a relationship, Mr Lamont said “there isn’t that much of an age gap between us and Pupil A is very mature for her age”.

He also gave her his personal email address and sent increasingly inappropriate messages, calling her, among other things, a “tease”.

In one, he said: “I’m implying that I can’t remember if you said you’re 17 or 18…but you’re still an innocent wee thing regardless.”

The creepy teacher appeared to know he was exchanging inappropriate messages with the girl, as in one email he wrote: “Jesus I am SO deleting these emails after tonight, maybe I like frustrating you. And maybe I’ll tell you if you promise to delete the emails after too so we don’t get in trouble, 18 or not, this sort of conversation is definitely against the rules.”

The GTCS report showed the pair began emailing in October 2018.

He proceeded to send the pupil sexually explicit messages, images and videos of himself on the social media platform Snapchat, including telling he wanted to make her “scream daddy”.

In February 2019, the teacher matched with the girl on dating app Bumble, sending her messages such as “not long now till you’re a big girl”.

When the pupil told Mr Lamont he had hurt her and raised concerns that he was using her, he responded saying: “Not f*****g this again”.

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Mr Lamont told her no one would believe her if she spoke up about them, adding: “How would your mum feel if she found out about her perfect little princess?”

The report into Mr Lamont found he had given out his email to other pupils in the fifth year.

The GTCS determined the teacher’s behaviour was at the “high end of misconduct” and there was a “lack of evidence” of insight or remediation.

It determined the teacher would be struck off from the teaching register for two years before he could apply to become an educator once again.

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