Teacher suspended for allegedly making ‘inappropriate’ comments about royal family

A TEACHER has received a precautionary suspension from a school in North Lanarkshire after allegedly making inappropriate comments about the monarchy, The National understands.

Apparently, the incident occured earlier this week at Clyde Valley High School in Wishaw, when the teacher struck up a conversation about the royal family following Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

It is understood he used “inappropriate language” in relation to members of the Royal Family and was sharing personal opinions about the monarchy when the lesson – thought to be modern studies – was meant to be on an entirely different subject.

Some pupils were left upset by some of the terminology he was using, The National has learned, and he is alleged to have mocked some students.

The teacher has now been suspended pending an internal investigation.

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North Lanarkshire Council has denied the suspension is part of any broader attempt to silence republican sentiment.

The teacher has reportedly been working in the area for more than two decades.

A council spokesperson said: “We do not comment on individual employee matters but to be clear, the council completely refutes the allegation that this matter is part of a broader attempt to repress republican sentiment across the UK.”

In a letter to the teacher, apparently Janie O’Neill, head of the council’s education and families team, said the reason for his suspension was a “parental complaint” alleging that he made inappropriate comments whilst teaching a class about the royal family and that. he mocked pupils in relation to this.

It is understood the matter is not currently being looked at by the General Teaching Council Scotland – the body which sets standards all teachers must adhere to.

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