Jun 22 2012 by Patricia Lewis, Dumfries Standard Friday
A FORMER Dumfries High School teacher has been struck off after admitting to having an unprofessional relationship with a pupil.
Kimberly Wilson took the 16-year-old boy to her home, let him drink alcohol and then stay overnight.
At a General Teaching Council (GTC) hearing in Edinburgh on Tuesday, she was struck off the teachers’ register and told not to return to teaching for at least two years.
The incident happened while she was an English teacher at Dumfries High School.
Her admission was contained in a report to the committee which stated that she allowed the boy to “consume alcohol within your home, and allowing the said pupil to spend the night in a bedroom of your home”.
The incident took place on June 4 2010.
Ms Wilson of Birchwood Drive, Dumfries, also admitted to two other offences.
She altered the PE grades of three pupils in January of the same year.
The report added that she: “Failed to maintain the standards of professional conduct.
“You (Ms Wilson) knew or ought to have known that your actions would be to the detriment of those pupils and would reflect badly upon their teacher.”
The former teacher also admitted to making inappropriate remarks about a pupil on social networking website Facebook.
The pupil, who was also named in the online comments, were made on February 2, 2010.
As a condition of being removed from GTC Scotland’s Register of Teachers, Ms Wilson will not be allowed to reapply for two years.
Ms Wilson was not available for comment at her home yesterday.