Police Guard At Primary School After Mum Confronts Teacher Over Alleged Affair

14/08/2014 16:57 | Updated 20 May 2015

Mum Debbie Cavanag

Education chiefs are investigating a complaint that a teacher had an affair with a pupil's dad – an allegation which resulted in police being called to a primary school.

In a saga worthy of a soap opera, the Edinburgh News reports that a jealous mother confronted a teacher over the affair claims.

Police were then called to the city's Duddingston Primary School after an incident of anti-social behaviour was reported. However, no further action was taken.

The mother, Debbie Cavanagh, who is in her late 20s, believes a member of staff she used to regard as a friend has been having a seven-month relationship with her husband, according to the paper.

But the teacher, who is off work but has not been suspended, strongly denies the affair.

Mrs Cavanagh told the paper: "My husband admitted he had the affair and gave a statement to the education board."

However, she would not 'confirm or deny' the confrontation with the teacher, except to say that 'it's the kind of thing that happens to dirty people'.

Mrs Cavanagh told the paper she was convinced her husband had been cheating on her with the teacher between May and December last year.

She said she had even asked the teacher what she would do if she found out her partner was involved in an affair with another woman.

The teacher allegedly told her she would cut the other woman's hair off.

Duddingston Primary became involved in the episode after Mrs Cavanagh allegedly sent threatening messages to teachers and parents.

Mrs Cavanagh added: "I complained to the school and had a meeting with the head teacher and the business manager and my husband. He admitted it all.

"The business manager said, 'Can we keep it between ourselves if the teacher apologises?'.

"They said it could get very messy and wreck the school's reputation. I said 'over my dead body'. I asked if she had been suspended and they said 'no'."

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed they received a report of antisocial behaviour against Duddingston Primary School on January 20, adding: "No further action has been taken."

Regarding the allegation against the teacher, a spokesman for Edinburgh City Council said: "A complaint has been received and is being looked into."


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