Scottish teacher sparks probe after appearing to glorify IRA on social media

The Daily Record is reporting that a teacher is under investigation by police and council chiefs in Scotland after making a torrent of bigoted posts glorifying the IRA on Twitter.

Anne-Marie Clements, 24, is supposed to be a role model for her Primary 7b pupils but made a series of hate-filled messages on social media.

The tweets, which praise the Provisional IRA and refer to “Orange b*******”, stunned parents at the school where she works.

One said: “This woman should be removed from her post and banned from teaching for life.”

In a Twitter post under her username x___annemarie, she wrote: “Every day’s a RA day.” The comment, about the IRA, refers to a masked gunman preparing to fire a rifle…

And the teacher shared a selfie with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who was none the wiser about the bigoted bile appearing online.

A holiday snap posted by Clements features her with a friend, with the message: “Pals who hate the Queen xxx”.

She works at St Mark’s Primary in Barrhead, near Glasgow. Council chiefs are investigating and police are also probing the posts.

Last night, a spokeswoman for East Renfrewshire Council refused to say if Clements had been suspended…

East Renfrewshire Council confirmed they were investigating. Their spokeswoman said: “The council have a zero-tolerance policy regarding any form of activity which would incite hatred and the comments on social media are totally unacceptable.

“The matter is subject to a formal investigation through the council disciplinary process. The incident has also been reported to police.”

A police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a report has been received regarding offensive comments posted online. Inquiries are ongoing to establish any criminality.”

At her home in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, last night, Clements declined to comment.

More (including photos of some of the posts) at: ‘Provo Princess’ teacher who glorifies IRA on social media sparks probe by police and council chiefs

 

This seems to be totally inappropriate, but where is the line for what kind of opinions a teacher should or shouldn’t be able to share on their own social media accounts?

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