A Valley School teacher who sent ‘sexually motivated’ emails and texts to a female pupil has been suspended for a year.
The General Teaching Council’s Professional Conduct Committee found history teacher Christopher Suter guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’ at the school where he worked from September 1992 to December 2010.
The committee heard Mr Suter had sent a number of ‘inappropriate’ emails and text messages, with a number of texts having an ‘x’ at the end.
Committee chair Wayne Jones said the finding was that the symbol was ‘used to sign off messages with a kiss’.
“We have decided that it is proven that the sending of such emails and texts, when allied to the content of the messages, failed to maintain professional boundaries with Pupil G,” he said.
“His communication sought to blur the distinction between personal and professional boundaries which it was Mr Suter’s responsibility to establish and maintain.”
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