Tayside and Central Scotland

Teacher Steven Watt struck off for drunken behaviour at music camp

A primary teacher has been struck off after getting drunk at a music camp and climbing into the bed of a male pupil.

Steven Watt, 41, was employed by Angus Council at the time of the incident in October 2011.

At a General Teaching Council hearing, he admitted charges including being intoxicated while caring for children.

A panel determined Watt's behaviour fell "significantly short of the standards expected of a registered teacher" and deemed him unfit to teach.

The complaint to the General Teaching Council for Scotland related to incidents during a music band camp on the evening of 28 October and the next morning.

Alcohol problem

The panel heard Watt engaged in conversation and made remarks to a number of children in his care which were "inappropriate and offensive".

He suggested to a number of male pupils in a dormitory that he was conducting a survey. He then asked one pupil if he was "camp" and told him "it was okay to be gay these days".

The teacher then stroked the same pupil's arm and got into his bed.

A further charge said he later drove a vehicle while "intoxicated by alcohol or some other substance".

Parts of the hearing were held in private in order to protect the identity of the children involved.

Watt told the panel he had suffered from an alcohol problem for much of his life but following the incident at the music camp he was now attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

He said he not had an alcoholic drink for more than a year.

Watt said he missed teaching and that he would like to return to the profession.

The teaching council told Watt a period of two years would have to pass before he could apply to re-register with the council.

The panel also suggested his name be referred to Scottish ministers under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

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