A Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School teacher has been cautioned by police after being caught on school CCTV kissing a pupil.
The Media Studies and English department teacher admitted breaching his duty of trust by inappropriately kissing a sixth form student, and was given a police caution, the Mail Online reports
Headteacher Debra Liddicoat informed students in an email just before half-term that the teacher – named as Lee Fountain in the Mail – would not be at the school anymore.
A Kent Police statement says: “Kent Police received a report on Thursday 13 October 2022 alleging inappropriate behaviour between a teacher and a student at a school in east Kent.
“Officers made enquiries. The man was interviewed under caution. On Thursday 20 October a man was given a caution and the investigation was closed.”
Debra Liddicoat, Headteacher of Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, added: “Following an investigation by Kent Police, a teacher at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School was cautioned. The investigation has now closed. The member of staff concerned was immediately suspended and has now left the school.
“The safety and wellbeing of all of our students is, at all times, our priority and we take matters of this nature extremely seriously.
“We will now carry out an HR investigation while continuing to engage with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in order to address concerns around this incident.
“The LADO will provide professional oversight for the school as necessary and ensure that all practice and procedures are followed at this time.”