Scots drama teacher who 'told student to get puppy after abortion' has been axed from top job
A TOP drama teacher who allegedly told a student who had an abortion to get a puppy has lost an appeal against her sacking.
Professor Deborah Richardson-Webb also grabbed a pupil by the scruff of the neck in a school cafe and accused another of being on a “cocktail of drugs” in front of classmates, a job tribunal heard.
The hearing in Glasgow was told 20 complaints were made against her by 10 undergraduates at the city’s prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, left, in February 2019.
Seven were upheld by the RCOS and she was suspended then fired following a bullying investigation.
Assistant principal Dr Lois Fitch had concluded there “appeared to be no acknowledgment of culpability” that could have led to a lesser sanction.
Rejecting Prof Richardson-Webb’s unfair dismissal claim, the tribunal said there was a lack of evidence to corroborate her alleged statement about the puppy.
But judge Rory McPherson ruled certain incidents “were so serious as to amount to gross misconduct”.
The RCS — whose graduates include movie stars Richard Madden and James McAvoy — said it was “committed to being inclusive”.
The professor, who had worked at the school for over 20 years, declined to comment.
Elsewhere, the drumming instructor of a Scottish boarding school is facing jail for a string of offences, including a months-long "illicit affair" with a 17-year-old girl pupil.
Scots music teacher ‘sexually assaulted eight pupils at five different schools’
James Clark, 56, also assaulted teenage schoolgirls with his drumsticks and subjected a sixth-form girl to sex talk.
At Falkirk Sheriff Court today, the perv was found guilty of three charges of common assault by hitting or touching girls' bottoms, two of them using drumsticks; three charges of breach of trust by sexual activity with or directed at girl pupils; and one charge of communicating indecently with a pupil.
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