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Angry parents call for Scottish teacher to be sacked over IRA tweets

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/12/2015

Comments: Anne-Marie Clements
Comments: Anne-Marie Clements

Authorities in Scotland are investigating sectarian comments made on the Twitter profile of a primary school teacher.

Parents complained about pro-IRA comments made on the page of Anne-Marie Clements, a primary seven teacher at St Mark's in Barrhead just outside Glasgow.

The Daily Record reported there were also abusive remarks about Protestants, Rangers supporters and members of the Orange Order.

Under the account, @X__annemarie, in one picture the teacher appears to refer to herself as a "Provo princess". The words "Every day's a RA day" also appeared next to a picture of a gunman in a balaclava.

Another tweet showed hunger strikers alongside the quote: "Remember our deaths were not in vain. Fight on and make our homeland a nation once again."

The account also has pictures of the teacher with Celtic footballer Anthony Stokes and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

And in a holiday photo, the teacher and a friend appear holding the Scottish Saltire and the Irish flag with the caption: "Pals who hate the queen".

The profile, which had more than 3,300 followers, was locked to hide the tweets then removed. It has been confirmed it belonged to the teacher.

Parents have called for Ms Clements to be removed from her position.

"This woman seems to have been so unguarded about her prejudice, it makes you wonder what she is telling the kids," one told the Daily Record.

The matter has been reported to Police Scotland and East Renfrewshire Council is conducting a formal investigation.

Ms Clements has refused to comment.

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