Se­nior staff probed af­ter dodgy tweet was ‘liked’

AUCHTERARDER: Apol­ogy made and school now re­view­ing its on­line ac­tiv­ity

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Jamie Buchan

Coun­cil bosses have apol­o­gised af­ter a Perthshire school’s so­cial me­dia ac­count “liked” an im­age of a scant­ily clad model.

The dodgy tweet out­raged par­ents and sparked a probe among se­nior staff at the Com­mu­nity School of Auchterarder.

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil said it be­lieves the ac­count was “hacked”.

The post ap­peared ear­lier this month, when snow­bound schools across the re­gion were closed and staff were en­cour­aged to work from home.

Teach­ers were us­ing the Twit­ter ac­count at the time to share home­work and re­vi­sion with stu­dents.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion comes as head teacher Stu­art Clyde pre­pares to leave Auchterarder to take up the reins at Scot­land’s new­est sec­ondary school. Mr Clyde will be in­stalled as head at Perth’s new £32.5 mil­lion Bertha Park academy next year.

The Auchterarder school’s ac­count, which was set up to keep the com­mu­nity up to speed with pupils’ news and achieve­ments, pro­moted a Tweet sup­pos­edly posted by model “Vicki Baw­er­man” show­ing a woman ly­ing on a couch wear­ing only a bra and white socks.

A screen­shot of the of­fend­ing tweet was shared on­line by dis­gusted par­ents. It is un­der­stood the im­age was also printed out by pupils and posted on the wall of a school toi­let.

At least two par­ents have com­plained to the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

One lo­cal mum, who asked not to be named, said: “It was wor­ry­ing to see this sort of thing be­ing pro­moted from the school’s own ac­count.

“The chil­dren use this a lot and were us­ing it dur­ing snow days to check on home­work and things.”

She said: “The vast ma­jor­ity of the staff are fe­male and they won’t be happy about this.”

The im­age, thought to have been gen­er­ated by a Twit­ter “bot” was ac­com­pa­nied by the bizarre mes­sage: “The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to these things. You meet some­one and you fall in love and that’s that.”

Al­though the post was not shared, it could still be seen by the school’s Twit­ter fol­low­ers, as some­thing “Auchterarder School liked”.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “We are aware that there was in­ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­ity on the of­fi­cial Com­mu­nity School of Auchterarder Twit­ter ac­count ear­lier this month. We un­der­stand that the ac­count was hacked.

“The in­ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­ity was deleted quickly af­ter it was dis­cov­ered, and pass­words re­set. We apol­o­gise for any of­fence caused.”

The school has been asked to re­view the way it stores pass­words and look at who has reg­u­lar ac­cess to on­line ac­counts.

jabuchan@the­courier.co.uk

Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

Head teacher Stu­art Clyde out­side The Com­mu­nity School of Auchterarder where sus­pi­cious on­line ac­tiv­ity in­volv­ing the Twit­ter ac­count has sparked out­rage among par­ents.

The tweet which was “liked” by the Auchterarder school ac­count.

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