Teacher accused of buying stoner band tickets during class

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A TEACHER is in hot water after allegedly writing during a class: “Sod teaching, today is about securing tickets to Queens of the Stone Age.”

Queens of the Stone Age. Pic: Wikicommons/JoeJoeJoe93
Queens of the Stone Age. Pic: Wikicommons/JoeJoeJoe93

Craig Cochrane has also been called before the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) over claims he called a pupil a “fanny” and another a “paedo”.

Mr Cochrane, a design and technology teacher at Dunfermline High School, Fife, is due to appear before a GTCS disciplinary panel on March 21.

Stoner rock band Queens of the Stone Age played the Glasgow Hydro on November 16, 2013, their only Scottish date of a UK tour.

According to the GTCS, on November 13, Mr Cochrane posted an “inappropriate comment on Facebook whilst you were teaching a class, and in particular you did post: ‘Sod teaching, today is about securing tickets to Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday’.”

 

‘Tickets’

The teacher is further accused of using a computer within the classroom to “access a website for the purpose of purchasing tickets for a personal social event, whilst you were in charge of pupils some of whom were using machinery and tools”.

Another charge states that Mr Cochrane, on 6 November 2013, used “inappropriate language when speaking to a pupil and in particular you did say, ‘oh you fanny’.”

On 28th November that year the teacher is alleged to have grabbed a pupil by the clothing, pinching his neck.

And on 8th December 2014, he is charged with referring to a pupil as “[Pupil B]-o the Paedo”.

It added: “You did make an inappropriate comment to Pupil B and in particular you did state, ‘It’s not my fault you got into bother for going into a toilet with a wee boy’.”

The charge ends: “ In light of the above it is alleged that your fitness to teach is impaired and you are unfit to teach as a result of breaching the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Code of Professionalism and Conduct 2012.”

A spokeswoman for Fife Council refused to say whether Mr Cochrane was still employed as a teacher.

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