Offensive tweet leads to court

St Mark's Primary, Barrhead
St Mark's Primary, Barrhead

A primary teacher at St. Mark’s in Barrhead is to be struck off the teaching register after appearing in court.

Ann-Marie Clements (25), a primary seven teacher at the southside school glorified the IRA and posted offensive sectarian insults on social media site Twitter.

She appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court this week where she was fined £600 after admitting the offence.

Her lawyer Mr Millar told the court his client’s career was finished as she had lost her job with East Renfrewshire Council, and would be removed from the register by the General Teaching Council following her conviction, and her professional life was over barely after it had started.

Sentencing her, Sheriff Susan Sinclair said: “The comments which were posted were wholly offensive, completely unacceptable and wholly inappropriate. It has brought home to you the catastrophic effect it has had on your career and employment.”

But she added she had to balance the interests of justice with that of the public interest and decided to fine Clements £600, reduced from £900.