This is the shocking moment an assistant head teacher of a prestigious private school kisses a pupil during a boozy train ride.
Rachel Clint, who was assistant head at £11,000-a year Merchant Taylor’s sixth form in Crosby, Merseyside was caught on camera in a clinch with the boy, believed to be 18.
The teacher, said to be in her early 30s, was photographed puckering up with the teenager in a video which was circulated around pupils connected to the school.
She was suspended after the footage first came to light and placed on gardening leave until a disciplinary hearing concluded with her dismissal.
It was revealed earlier this week how Ms Clint was allowed to remain in the profession following a Teaching Regulation Agency hearing.
Rachel Clint, who was assistant head at £11,000-a year Merchant Taylor’s sixth form pictured kissing the pupil
The panel decided that her actions were not of a sexual nature – even though Ms Clint, who climbed onto the boy’s lap to kiss him, had admitted that they were.
The committee heard it was ‘not suggested that Miss Rachel Clint’s actions were sexually motivated, given that the evidence suggests that this was a spontaneous kiss which did not lead to any further intimacy.’
Ms Clint was sacked in April 2018 after bosses ruled ‘her conduct had fallen far below the standards that we require from our teachers.’
Today, concerned parents said they agreed with Merchant Taylor’s management that the teacher had to be dismissed.
One father, from nearby Formby, whose son goes to the £11,000 a year school, said: ‘I might have seen light-hearted, but this is a serious abuse of a position of trust between a boy, and a woman 15 years older than him.
Students and shared footage and a photo of Rachel Clint, who was head of geography and the assistant head of sixth form at the £11,169-a-year Merchant Taylors’ School for boys in Liverpool (pictured) as she sat on a student’s knee and kissed him
‘I’m glad she got fired. It’s unacceptable.’
The teaching panel said the boy involved had not ‘anticipated, expected or sought to bring about,’ and there was no evidence of any flirting between them.
The incident happened at a leaver’s event and alcohol was being consumed when there was a free bar tab for staff.
It was admitted by Miss Clint that she had consumed alcohol on an empty stomach and therefore ‘viewed this incident as a result of an error of judgement on her part.’
Ms Clint had accepted this allegation and that she had demonstrated a lack of integrity in failing to report what had happened to the school in the weeks following the incident.
She stated: ‘I accept full responsibility for my actions, but I hope this isolated and out of character incident, and my lack of reporting, does not deny me a future in the profession’.
She added: ‘Teaching is my vocation; it is my identity.’
It was said that Miss Clint had worked as a teacher for 10 years and had an unblemished record previously.
The TRA panel concluded: ‘However, in deciding not to impose a prohibition order from teaching, the panel said it had considered the ‘very strong public interest consideration in retaining Ms Rachel Clint in the profession.’
It was noted that the investigating officer had described her as an excellent role model for pupils and it also noted that she was facing personal issues at the time.