Of rape is moved to tears

Ex-pupils’words of sup­port

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen teacher who spent five years in jail af­ter be­ing wrongly ac­cused of rape has been moved to tears by mes­sages of sup­port from for­mer pupils.

Jim Boyle, 60, was caged in 2005 af­ter be­ing found guilty of rap­ing two girls nu­mer­ous times in the 1970s.

But four years later, the ver­dict was quashed and he was cleared of any wrong­do­ing at a re-trial in 2010.

In March, Jim told his re­mark­able story to the Re­former.

And since then, dozens of for­mer pupils at All Saints Sec­ondary in Glas­gow, have taken to Face­book to show their sup­port for their for­mer teacher.

One per­son wrote: “What a shame. Mr Boyle was a crack­ing teacher. He was my guid­ance teacher and gave me a lot of sup­port when I needed it, hope he gets his life back on track.”

An­other said: “I loved be­ing part of All Saints RC sec­ondary school be­cause of this man, hope this truly finds an end and you can move for­ward.”

One pupil said they had never doubted him, say­ing: “Amaz­ing teacher.

“I never be­lieved he had done any of this.”

And one wrote sim­ply: “He was my favourite teacher.

“Such a shame what hap­pened to him, he had such a huge in­flu­ence on me and al­ways got the best out of his pupils.”

Many of the mes­sages were posted on a Face­book group called Glas­gow Gospel.

Re­spond­ing to the pupils, Jim said: “On read­ing your mes­sages my eyes brimmed, my heart ex­panded with pride and I felt I had been blessed by Glas­gow’s finest – you are the peo­ple who make Glas­gow.

“It was my plea­sure to work with you all – in fact it was a priv­i­lege and ‘a buzz’. I can never ad­e­quately thank you for your heart­felt re­flec­tions, the faith and trust you have shown me.”

Teacher Jim Boyle has been touched by mes­sages of sup­port from for­mer pupils

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