Headteacher drove to hotel to confront 'teacher in bed with pupil after prom'

A headteacher claimed he drove to a hotel to confront a teacher who was allegedly in bed with a pupil after a school prom.

David Nicholls, former head of Gleniffer High School in Paisley, Renfrewshire, told the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) he journeyed to a Premier Inn in Glasgow in a bid to find Melissa Tweedie, who is alleged to have bedded the student then aged in his late teens.

Miss Tweedie, who now works as a yoga instructor in Dubai, faces being struck off the teaching register by the GTCS, the Daily Express reports.

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The GTCS heard earlier this week that Miss Tweedie kissed the boy in a hotel room before having sex with him in June 2017. She was 23 at the time.

She is also alleged to have partied with pupils at Glasgow’s SWG3 nightclub before heading to the Premier Inn.

Mr Nicholls said an alarmed pupil told him she was in bed with the youngster, leading him to travel to the city to confront Miss Tweedie.

The Daily Record reports that the former PE teacher, who is now 27, claimed to be at home after Mr Nicholls reached her on the phone.

However, Mr Nicholls said the next day the pupil who was in the room admitted sleeping with Miss Tweedie.

Mr Nicholls, giving evidence to the panel on Wednesday, said: “On the evening of the leavers dance I became aware that something was wrong.

“I saw (teachers) Heather Prentice and Lyndsay Cameron. They said Miss Tweedie had left with a group of pupils.

“She seemed absolutely fine and compos mentis [at SWG3]. I later found out from senior staff that they thought she was getting over familiar with a certain senior student.

Melissa Tweedie taught at Gleniffer High School in Glasgow

“Staff members were telling Miss Tweedie that they would get her a lift or a taxi. She refused and said she was getting a lift from her flat mate.”

He added that at 1.45am one of the senior boys phoned him seeming alarmed and said that Miss Tweedie was in the hotel.

Mr Nicholls said: “He seemed quite anxious. When I got into the foyer I found six pupils, including the Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. They seemed anxious and said that a member of staff was in the hotel.

“Hotel staff asked the age of the people involved and when they ascertained that they were of legal age, they said it was not their problem.

“One of the boys was adamant that they saw her in one of the hotel rooms.”

Recalling the moment he reached Miss Tweedie on the phone, Mr Nicholls said: “She did sound a little drowsy. She told me that she had been at the hotel but was now at home.

“I told her to come and see me in the morning. The students showed me how to take a snapshot of my location on my phone.

“I sent that to her and asked her to send the same. She did not reply.”

He explained to the panel that he eventually arrived home at 4am and was back in his office two hours later.

Tweedie, now 27, works as a yoga instructor in Dubai

Mr Nicholls arranged to meet the pupil, referred to as Pupil A, at Gleniffer High School the next morning.

He said: “The pupil came in alone. He said they’d been in the room having a drink with other pupils, then they began to leave.

“I asked him, ‘Did you have sex with a member of staff?’ He said, ‘Yes’.”

The next day, Mr Nicholls suspended Miss Tweedie while the school carried out an investigation.

He said: “I had a letter on authority to tell her that she had to be suspended. Miss Tweedie was told she was suspended, with no option for conversation.

“She broke down in tears. She left shortly afterwards.”

The allegations state: “Between June 7, 2017 and June 8, 2017, whilst employed by Renfrewshire Council as a PE Teacher at Gleniffer High School, at the senior prom and immediately thereafter, [you] danced inappropriately with pupils during the prom, including making inappropriate physical contact whilst dancing with them at SWG3, Glasgow.

“[You] kissed Pupil A at the hotel in which pupils were staying for the night, the Premier Inn Hotel and engaged in sexual intercourse with Pupil A after the prom, at the Premier Inn.

“[You] drank a shot (or shots) at the bar of SWG3, behaved in an inappropriate manner in a hotel room at the Premier Inn by drinking alcohol in the presence of pupils and stating words to the effect of, ‘Can we for a minute act like I’m not a teacher’ to a pupil(s).”

Additional allegations state the former teacher “was alone on a bed with Pupil A and, when Pupil E entered the room, stated to Pupil E words to the effect of: “Technically I haven’t touched him yet.

They state: “[You] were under the influence of alcohol to the point of being inebriated in the presence of pupils in the Premier Inn [and] had awareness that an ex pupil was in possession of drugs and did not report this to the appropriate authorities.”

The incident was reported to Police Scotland. It was investigated at the time, but officers found that no criminality had taken place.

The hearing continues.

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