Teacher who ‘had sex with pupil after prom’ had ‘concerned’ staff with outfit

A senior teacher says she had concerns about her colleague's behaviour and clothing on the night she has been accused of having sex with a pupil after the school prom.

Giving evidence at a general teaching council for Scotland, Heather Prentice reported her concerns over the behaviour of Melissa Tweedie at the Glasgow event in June 2017.

Claims that the former PE teacher from Gleniffer High in Paisley had danced with an 18-year old at the nightclub inappropriately were sounded at the meeting, with the 23-year-old teacher spending the night at a Premier Hotel with the student.

Deputy head of school Ms Prentice, 60, told a hearing: "I had concerns about Melissa from the start of the dance regarding her outfit."

She added: "Later in the evening I saw her up dancing with a glass of wine. She was up with a group of sixth year pupils."

The deputy claims she saw Tweedie "taking shots at the bar" with a pupil, and was reluctant to leave in the school-provided transport at the end of the prom.

Prentice said: "I told Melissa that there was a lift organised (another teacher agreed to take her home).

"I caught up to her on Kelvinhaugh Street. She was very reluctant to take advice and come with us. We couldn't make her come with us, so we had to let her go."

Colleagues staying at a hotel across the river from SWG3, the club Tweedie had been spotted at, called Prentice.

She said: "Staff were checking CCTV to see if Melissa was there. Pupils had said that they had seen her in a room drinking alcohol. Mr Nicholls [head teacher] asked Melissa to send a ping to her location. She did not reply."

From cross examination with Gary Burton, Prentice said that Tweedie's outfit was "quite loose, short, low cut."

She added: "I do remember that she looked like she was going on a night out."

Prentice was questioned about the nature of Tweedie's dancing and her intoxication, to which she replied: "It was all male pupils she was dancing with. I didn't see any contact between her and any pupil.

"She was not that drunk that she couldn't walk. She was not that drunk that she was out of control. I wanted her to recognise that the pupils were getting a bit titillated by it."

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One pupil, who was present at the prom, said: "I was sitting at my table and I remember a chat between teachers that she needed to calm down. I went back into the [hotel] room as everyone was leaving to get a drink.

"Pupil A had his arms around the base of her back and she said to me 'Can we just pretend for a minute like I'm not your teacher'. I left because it was quite weird."

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

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