A teacher working in the North-east is facing disciplinary action this week after allegedly telling a pupil to give a Chinese burn to another child.
The teacher, who has not been named, has been brought to the attention of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) after a series of accusations were made about their conduct while working at a school in Aberdeenshire.
According to the GTCS, the allegations relate to a three-month period at the start of 2016.
It is alleged the teacher instructed an S3 pupil to give another pupil a Chinese burn on January 14, 2016.
On the same day, the teacher used inappropriate language towards an S3 pupil, it is alleged.
The teacher is also accused of insulting the pupil by using a swear word in response to the pupil’s behaviour during a lesson.
In doing so, it is claimed the teacher failed to follow the school’s policy, which is that staff should take a restorative approach to support effective teaching and learning.
According to the GTCS, the teacher is also accused of using inappropriate language towards a colleague.
During a conversation, it is alleged, the teacher instructed the colleague to put up their hand, and also used a swear word.
The GTCS said: “In light of this, it is alleged that your fitness to teach is impaired and you are unfit to teach, as a result of breaching (five parts) of the GTCS’s code of professionalism and conduct.”
A fitness to teach panel hearing was due to start today at the GTCS office in Edinburgh and the case is expected to last three days.
During the hearing, the teacher will be asked if they accept the allegations.
In some cases, the GTCS does not reveal the names of accused teachers, to protect the identities of pupils and of teachers who could be cleared of any wrongdoing.
If the panel considers the allegations are proved, it can invoke a range of sanctions, the most serious of which is preventing someone from teaching.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokeswoman said the authority does not comment on such hearings before a decision has been made.