Sex text teacher banned for three months for kiss
Published 13/09/2011 | 08:00
A TEACHER has been banned for three months after sending sex-related text messages to one pupil and trying to kiss another.
Emma Walpole, 28, had accepted lifts from three of her year 13 pupils — aged 17 or 18 — and made sexually provocative comments to one during the journey. She invited another into her home where she tried to give him alcohol and kiss him.
She admitted unacceptable professional conduct. In a ruling published by the General Teaching Council, the committee said that Miss Walpole would be suspended for three months but felt further sanctions were not necessary as she had expressed remorse and it was felt she would not pose a further threat.
The council was told that Miss Walpole, a teacher at Denstone College in Uttoxeter, Staffs, had befriended the pupils between September 2007 and June 2010.
She sent and received about 25 inappropriate text messages with one of the youngsters between May 2010 and June 2010, some of them of a sexual nature. In May 2010, she requested that he give her a lift in his car and made “sexually provocative” comments to him during the journey.
On the same day, she accepted a lift in the car of another year 13 student, the hearing was told. On another occasion, she accepted a lift in a pupil’s car, and invited him into her home, offering him alcohol even though he was under age, and attempting to kiss him.
The professional conduct committee said that she also socialised with students in pubs in May and June 2010. It heard that Miss Walpole was suffering personal problems at the time.
Announcing its decision to suspend her from teaching, the committee said: “Her behaviour demonstrated a failure to establish and maintain appropriate professional boundaries in her relationships with her year 13 pupils.”
Although it noted that she had apologised and that she had a “genuine insight into the nature of her failings”, it added: “This was behaviour which had the potential to seriously affect pupils and undermines the trust and confidence that the public place in teachers to maintain professional boundaries. This is a serious episode of unacceptable conduct.”
However, it said further punishment would be “disproportionate”.
A tearful Miss Walpole declined to comment yesterday at her home in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffs, refusing to say whether she would return to teaching after her suspension. She is originally from Dereham in Norfolk.
Þ?A primary schoolteacher indecently touched six of his female pupils in the classroom in an “overtly sexual manner”, Preston Crown Court was told.
The behaviour of Peter Wilson, 35, towards the girls at a school in the Blackpool area was alleged to have been “wholly inappropriate”. He is accused of touching the bottoms of his alleged victims and of kissing and hugging some of them between November 2009 and April last year. Wilson, of Thornton Cleveleys, denies 14 charges of sexual assault.