Identifying this teacher as completely unfit for the classroom seemed to have taken far too long. We need to empower our children to bring these teachers to our attention much earlier, to minimise some of the damage they cause:
A FOUL-MOUTHED teacher launched a string of obscene rants in the classroom – telling one child he had “sh*****” their mum.
Michael Rankin, a former youth coach with Greenock Morton, told another pupil: “Every time I s*** your mum, she makes me a sandwich – that’s why I’m fat.” The technology teacher is alleged to have repeatedly used inappropriate language in front of Ardrossan Academy pupils as young as 13 in 2012 and 2013.
He now faces being banned from the classroom at General Teaching Council for Scotland hearing later this month.
The council have been told he does not intend to contest the accusations.
The 54-year-old from Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, told one student: “I need my glasses, I can’t see because of too much w****** – is that why you wear glasses?”
And while watching a sex scene in the film Bend it like Beckham where a car bounces up and down, former Dumbarton footballer Rankin told another pupil: “That’s me and your mum in the back.”
The same student claims Rankin also said: “You can give this present of a mirror to your mum but I already gave her a present last night.”
Rankin asked another pupil: “How many pies you had today?”
The child claims they were called “a big bag of wind”, “fatty”, “fat b****** and “fat c***” by the teacher.
The former North Ayrshire Council employee also shouted various abusive phrases at students including “you wee b*******,” shut up you wee a********” and “you’re f****** worthless”.
The married father of three, who was the school football team coach, is also alleged to have referred to the opposition as “idiots” and “Cumnock m******” during a match against Cumnock Academy – then told pupils not to tell anyone orthe team would be punished.
Rankin, who is originally from Greenock, was forced to resign as chief scout for Morton’s youth academy in September 2013 when the allegations came to light.
The shamed teacher will appear before the teaching council on February 17, when he is expected to be struck off.
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