Glasgow & West Scotland

Pupil texting teacher Michael Hendry 'unfit to practise'

A teacher who sent "inappropriate" texts and emails to two female pupils has been deemed unfit to practise.

Michael Hendry addressed a student at Glasgow's John Paul Academy as "sweetie" and signed off with kisses.

In other messages he asked what a girl was wearing on a night-out and told her "you're very beautiful".

Mr Hendry, who was employed by Glasgow City Council, was not present at the General Teaching Council for Scotland fitness to teach hearing.

The complaint related to inappropriate communication with two students, Pupil A and Pupil B, between 1 April and 13 June 2013.

'Here's my number'

One of the girls reported her concerns to another teacher, who in turn raised them with the school head.

Mr Hendry, an English teacher, discussed Pupil A's personal relationships and did not alert the school when she wrote that her boyfriend was "aggressive and has hit me a few times".

He wrote: "Listen I don't want to know ur business but if u want to speak to me about this at any point in confidence and not by email u can. Mxx."

The teacher added later: "I know I'm already over stepping the mark in a big way but here's my number. If u want to get together for a coffee or whatever at some point later this week to talk it over u do that."

In another exchange, Mr Hendry told Pupil A he was out having a couple of beers and asked how her night was going and "was there a planned outfit of choice this eve?"

He also asked the under-18: "What's ur drink of choice this eve? Vodka, soda and lime by any chance?"

'No remorse'

In a further message he wrote: "In my opinion, which is beyond what I shud be saying, ur a very beautiful, stylish, intelligent, funny, ambitious and generous young woman. I think ur great and I'm very impressed by u.

"U deserve the best. If that's him then so be it. But don't let insecurity rule ur decisions please."

The hearing was told Mr Hendry "didn't appear to show any remorse or embarrassment" when asked about the messages.

The panel ruled that he failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries and uphold standards of personal and professional conduct.

It said: "The panel determined that the respondent's conduct falls significantly short of the standards expected of a registered teacher and that he is therefore unfit to teach."

The teacher has the right to appeal the decision within 28 days, at which point he will be removed from the register.