The former student, known only as Pupil A, today gave evidence relating to a list of allegations made against teacher Melissa Tweedie on the night of Gleniffer High School prom in Paisley, Renfrewshire in Scotland, in June 2017
A former pupil who claims he had sex with his PE teacher while intoxicated on his prom night said he “felt sorry” she is being investigated.
The pupil, known only as Pupil A, today gave evidence relating to a list of allegations made against teacher Melissa Tweedie on the night of the school prom back in June 2017.
The former PE teacher at Gleniffer High School in Paisley, Scotland, who was 23 at the time, is alleged to have danced inappropriately with students before sleeping with the pupil, who was 18.
She was alleged to have partied with pupils at SWG3 nightclub in Glasgow, before going back with them to a Premier Hotel in June 2017, Glasgow Live reports.
The pupil today told the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) that he “felt sorry” that Miss Tweedie, now 27, is being investigated about the event.
In a statement, he admitted kissing Miss Tweedie in a hotel room before going downstairs to his hotel room and having sex.
The pupil revealed how he had consumed around three or four pints, a bottle of wine, some spirits, rum and shots.
He claims Miss Tweedie, who now lives in Dubai and works as a yoga teacher, stayed the night in the room before leaving around 8am the following day.
Speaking at the GTCS hearing today, Pupil A said: “We had no dealings prior to the prom. There were no relations before.
“Miss Tweedie was sat at our table. Miss Tweedie was not drinking at the table, I was.”
After the prom, students had booked rooms in a Premier Inn that was walking distance from SWG3.
Pupil A said: “I did not invite Miss Tweedie to the hotel. I don’t know how she got there.
Pupil A said he entered a hotel room in the Premier Inn where he found nine pupils and Miss Tweedie.
After a noise complaint to the room, Pupil A said: “Me and Miss Tweedie were the only two left in the room.
“We kissed, no one initiated it. We went downstairs and had sex in my room.
“She stayed the night and we both left at eight.
“I feel really sorry for Miss Tweedie, I had already handed in my leavers’ form.
“In my eyes, it wasn’t a student event. This could have happened on a night out.”
During cross-examination from the panel, Pupil A said how much he had to drink: “I had a lot, It was my prom.
“I might have had three or four pints, then a bottle of wine, then onto spirits, maybe a couple of rums and there were shots in between.”
Pupil A asked the panel if he could ask them some questions, before saying: “In my eyes, this was an issue involving only two parties.
“This wasn’t an issue raised by any party. When do I get to raise my feelings about what happened?
“In my eyes, it was not an issue I wanted to raise. It was an issue that people wanted to raise for me.
“I have never been asked how I feel about it.”
Miss Tweedie, who was not present at the hearing, is alleged to have had drunk shots before telling pupils: “Can we for a minute act like I’m not a teacher.”
It is claimed a pupil stumbled across the teacher in bed with a male pupil at a Premier Inn later on that night and told them: “Technically I haven’t touched him yet.”
Miss Tweedie faces being struck off the register by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) following the allegations.
The allegations read: “Between June 7, 2017, and June 8, 2017, whilst employed by Renfrewshire Council as a PE Teacher at Gleniffer High School, at the senior prom and immediately thereafter, you danced inappropriately with pupils during the prom, including making inappropriate physical contact whilst dancing with them at SWG3, Glasgow.
“You kissed Pupil A at the hotel in which pupils were staying for the night, the Premier Inn Hotel and engaged in sexual intercourse with Pupil A after the prom, at the Premier Inn.”
Further allegations state the teacher “was alone on a bed with Pupil A and, when Pupil E entered the room, stated to Pupil E words to the effect of: “Technically I haven’t touched him yet.”
“You were under the influence of alcohol to the point of being inebriated in the presence of pupils in the Premier Inn and had an awareness that an ex-pupil was in possession of drugs and did not report this to the appropriate authorities.”
Tweedie is also alleged to have told the headteacher at the school that she was at home when she was at the Premier Inn.
Police Scotland was alerted to the incident and investigated it at the time.
They found that no criminality had taken place.
The hearing continues.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.