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Union tells members not to teach pupil after 'up-skirt videos' in Northern Ireland school

By Staff Reporter

A union has voted to refuse to teach a pupil who was alleged to have taken inappropriate images at a top Northern Ireland school.

It follows allegations that “up-skirting” videos were made at Enniskillen Royal Grammar School. NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Northern Ireland, instructed its members at the school not to teach the student, the BBC reported.

The school has previously admitted a police investigation took place and “inappropriate images” of two members of staff were found.

A pupil was suspended for 17 days, however, charges were not brought by the Public Prosecution Service.

The BBC cited a letter from NASUWT to its members in the school referring to the incident involving the two teachers.

“They described how the pupil allegedly took the footage — he hid his phone among school bags and slid it under the teachers’ skirts with his foot while they were helping other students,” the letter claims.

“These were not one-off but there were several videos.

“In summary — two of your colleagues were sexually exploited.”

The letter claims the school has not offered meaningful support to the two teachers.

It added: “In the ballot the NASUWT instructed you to refuse to teach the pupil concerned. NASUWT members should now follow this action.”

A statement from the school said: “Given the complex and sensitive nature of this issue for all concerned, we are disappointed that this is being dealt with in the media.

“It is not appropriate for the school to comment further.”

It is understood the ATL union decided not to issue a “refusal-to-teach” instruction to its members in the school.

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