‘MR PERV’ TOUCHED UP GIRL PUPILS AT SCHOOL TEACHER BANNED

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VI­O­LA­TION: Christo­pher Hird is banned from teach­ing

for life A SCIENCE teacher dubbed “Mr Perv” by pupils has been banned from teach­ing for life for touch­ing fe­male stu­dents.

Christo­pher Hird, 51, was head of science at a school when he touched fe­male pupils in a “sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated” man­ner.

The for­mer teacher was ac­cused of four counts of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing pupils aged 11 to 16 but was cleared of the charges in 2013.

Now a dis­ci­plinary panel has found him guilty of un­ac­cept­able con­duct and banned him from teach­ing in­def­i­nitely.

The Na­tional Col­lege for Teach­ing and Lead­er­ship hear­ing was told Mr Hird touched sev­eral dif­fer­ent fe­male pupils at South Hold­er­ness Tech­nol­ogy Col­lege in Hull, East Yorks, un­til he left in 2012.

NCTL of­fi­cial Paul Heath­cote said he agreed with the rec­om­men­da­tion of the dis­ci­plinary panel that Mr Hird should be banned from teach­ing for life.

He said: “Mr Hird’s be­hav­iour con­tin­ued over a con­sid­er­able pe­riod of time and in­volved a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pupils.

“Mr Hird con­tin­ued to deny the al­le­ga­tions through­out and has shown no in­sight into his be­hav­iours and their ef­fect on oth­ers.”

The for­mer chem­istry teacher did not at­tend the hear­ing but, in a writ­ten state­ment, he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing been in­volved in a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with an 18-year-old girl, re­ferred to as Pupil C.

The re­la­tion­ship lasted for more than a year, but Mr Hird claims the “re­la­tion­ship did not be­gin be­fore she ceased be­ing a stu­dent”.

In writ­ten ev­i­dence supplied to the hear­ing, Pupil C stated that she asked Mr Hird how they would stay in touch as she would not see him any­more af­ter she left the school.

She claims that Mr Hird said “it doesn’t have to be like that” while pat­ting her knee. The pair ex­changed phone num­bers and a few days later ar­ranged to meet up where, ac­cord­ing to her ev­i­dence, they “stopped some­where to kiss pas­sion­ately”.

The panel also found Mr Hird guilty of “sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated” touch­ing of two other girls, in­clud­ing on their thigh and on their cheek.

The panel found Mr Hird not guilty of al­most a dozen other al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing due to a lack of ev­i­dence.

How­ever, in ev­i­dence sub­mit­ted to the panel, the head­teacher of the col­lege de­scribed the girls who made un­proven al­le­ga­tions as “ma­ture, hard-work­ing…not likely the sort who at­tempted to make things up.”

Re­fer­ring to the ac­cu­sa­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing, Mr Hird said he “re­futes all al­le­ga­tions against him”.

Mr Heath­cote con­cluded: “Mr Hird’s con­duct in­volved an abuse of his po­si­tion or trust and his con­duct in­volved a vi­o­la­tion of the rights of pupils.”

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