IRA sympathiser is banned from school

East Renfrewshire Councils St. Marks Primary where Clements was employed as a teacher.
East Renfrewshire Councils St. Marks Primary where Clements was employed as a teacher.

A primary seven teacher who worked at St Marks Primary in Barrhead has been banned from ever teaching children again.

Anne-Marie Clements was convicted and fined £600 at Paisley Sheriff Court last year for glorifying the IRA and posting offensive sectarian insults on social media site Twitter.

Clements, who called herself the “Provo Princess” tweeted the messages in November and December 2015, when a parent of another child saw them and forwarded them to the school management.

In another tweet, which was illustrated by an image of masked gunmen she wrote: “Am already in this squad but.”

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) said the material “contained sectarian remarks and remarks and images in support of a terrorist organisation, namely the Irish Republican Army (IRA) which was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”.

The notice published by the GTCS said the teacher had now consented to be struck off the teaching register after breaching the Communications Act and that the offence was “aggravated by religious prejudice.”