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Primary School Teacher Struck Off After Getting Into Boy's Bed At Music Camp

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015

Teacher struck off after drunken inappropriate behaviour at music camp

A primary school teacher has been struck off for climbing into bed with a male pupil after getting drunk at a music camp.

The BBC reports that Steven Watt, 41, was employed by Angus Council at the time of the incident in October 2011 and admitted to the General Teaching Council that he was intoxicated while caring for children.

The panel decided that Watt's behaviour fell 'significantly short of the standards expected of a registered teacher' and said he was unfit to continue to teach.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland had received a complaint about Mr Watt relating to incidents that occurred during a music band camp on the evening of 28 October and the following morning.

The GTC heard that Watt had conversations and made comments to a number children in his care which were 'inappropriate and offensive'.

It is reported that he told a some male pupils in a dormitory that he was conducting a survey before asking one boy if he was 'camp' and then telling him it was 'okay to be gay these days'.

Watt then stroked the boy's arm and got into his bed.

The council also heard that Watt was accused of driving a vehicle while 'intoxicated by alcohol or some other substance'.

The teacher told the hearing that he'd had an alcohol problem for much of his life but was now going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had not had an alcoholic drink for more than a year.

He added that he missed teaching and that he would like to return to the profession.

The GTC said that he could apply to re-register after two years. It was suggested his name be referred to Scottish ministers under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

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