Teacher reprimanded after kissing pupil in nightclub

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A TEACHER who kissed a pupil in a nightclub has escaped being struck off.

Graham Hopkins – a secondary school teacher in Dundee – “socialised” with two girls, one of whom he knew was a pupil.

Mr Hopkins later kissed the other girl, despite the fact he “might be expected to know” she too was at school.

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Mr Hopkins admitted his fitness to teach was impaired.

He also failed to tell school management about the fact the girls were in the club even though they were “likely” to be under 18.

The incident at the Liquid Nightclub on December 2, 2014, landed the teacher in front of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Instead of the case going to a full public hearing, Mr Hopkins accepted that his fitness to teach was impaired and to receive a reprimand.

Mr Hopkins signed a document in which he stated: “I waive my right to a full hearing and admit in full the allegation made against me relating to my fitness to teach.”

He admitted the charge that: “On 6 December 2014, at Liquid Nightclub, Dundee, you were approached by two females, one of whom you knew to be a pupil (Pupil A) and the other you might be expected to know was a pupil (Pupil B).

Mr Hopkins also admitted the charge that he did: “Socialise with Pupils A and B including speaking to and being photographed with them, kiss pupil B [and] fail to report to management that Pupils A and B were likely to be under 18 years of age.”

He stated: “I admit that the above means that my fitness to teach is impaired.”

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