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'Provo princess' Scottish teacher's pro-IRA tweets under investigation

Published 22/12/2015

The teacher has closed her account.
The teacher has closed her account.

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

Parents have complained about pro-IRA comments made on the Twitter profile of Anne-Marie Clements, a P7 teacher at St Mark's in Barrhead just outside Glasgow.

The Daily Record reported that comments in support of the IRA were made alongside abusive remarks about Protestants, Rangers supporters and Orange Order members.

Under the account, @X__annemarie, in one picture the teacher appears to refer to herself as a "provo princess".

While on a picture of a balaclava clad gunman, a tweet said: "Every day's a RA day".

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

On the account the teacher took selfies 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 account, which had over 3,300 followers was locked to hide the tweets and later removed this morning.

It has been confirmed it belonged to the teacher.

Parents have called for the teacher 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 parent 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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