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Drunk Teacher Who Took Pupils To Strip Club Banned From Teaching

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Drunk Teacher Who Took Pupils To Strip Club Banned From Teaching

A teacher who got drunk and took some pupils to a strip club during a school trip to Costa Rica has been banned from teaching - for three years.

Richard Glenn was working in the IT faculty at Longridge Towers School in Northumberland when the trip took place in July 2019.

Costa Rica. Credit: PA
Costa Rica. Credit: PA

The 55-year-old, who had worked as the head of sixth form since 2007, admitted gross misconduct before a hearing and was dismissed in August 2019.

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A Teaching Regulation Agency heard how he was a leader of a group of 16 to 18-year-olds when they went on the holiday but was sent home after six days 'due to his behaviour'.

According to the BBC, his actions included: drinking with pupils, allowing under 18-year-old's to drink alcohol, threatening to 'kick the head in' of one student and 'kill' another, taking one or more pupils to a strip club and acting aggressively to the woman leading the trip.

On top of this Glenn was aggressive to a pupil before kissing one of the boy's on the forehead and telling him 'you're all right' and exposed himself to a woman in a shared hotel room - although it was not 'malicious or sexually motivated'.

The misconduct hearing decided that his behaviour 'placed one or more pupils in his care at risk' and they also found that despite there being 'no malice or sexual intent' by taking the students to the strip club it was 'inappropriate and unprofessional'.

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Glenn said he couldn't remember what had happened because of how drunk he was but 'did not dispute the recollection of those present'.

The panel's report said: "Mr Glenn was, at various times during the school trip, under the influence of alcohol, and therefore not in a position to adequately take decisions or act in loco parentis should the need arise.

"This was in circumstances where pupils under his care were in an unfamiliar country, far from home, and relying on him for guidance and protection.

"Mr Glenn was an experienced teacher and pastoral leader who would have been expected to lead an overseas trip safely, and would have been well aware of the conduct expected of him."

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When he is allowed to return to a teaching job, Glenn will need to apply for the ban to be lifted.

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