Teacher Who Took Students To Strip Club While Drunk Has Been Banned From The Profession

Teacher Who Took Students To Strip Club While Drunk Has Been Banned From The Profession

Richard Glenn, who taught IT at Longridge Towers School in Berwick-upon-Tweed, has been banned from teaching for three years after his scandalous behavior while on a school trip to Costa Rica.

The incident took place in 2019. Glenn, 55, drank beer and rum alongside his students, aged 16 to 18.

But that's not even the worst part.

Glenn took the students to "the number one gentleman's club in Costa Rica." They partied until 1:30 am. During their night out, the then teacher even made threats to his students with violence.

Glenn has been a member of the IT department at the school since 2007. The former head of the sixth form was sent home early after other teachers learned about his despicable actions and six days into the school trip.

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Glenn admitted to the misconduct, which included giving alcohol to people under 18 and threatening to "kick the head in" of one student and kill another. He was also aggressive toward his female coworkers.

In addition, the former teacher allegedly exposed himself to a woman, his coworker, though it was not "malicious or sexually motivated." He later said he usually sleeps naked, so it was a misunderstanding.

The banned teacher defended his actions by claiming he could not remember a single thing, but he "did not dispute the recollection of those present."

At the disciplinary hearing, Caroline Tilley, who chaired the panel, said:

"Mr. Glenn was, at various times during the school trip, under the influence of alcohol, and therefore not in a position to adequately take decisions or act in loco parentis should the need arise."

"This was in circumstances where pupils under his care were in an unfamiliar country, far from home, and relying on him for guidance and protection. Mr. Glenn was an experienced teacher and pastoral leader who would have been expected to lead an overseas trip safely and would have been well aware of the conduct expected of him."

Teacher Who Took Students To Strip Club While Drunk Has Been Banned From The Profession

The teacher was fired in August 2019. His ban on teaching came two and a half years later, in December 2021.

The banned teacher said:

"'I recognize that I caused upset and anguish to many people. My family has also suffered as a result of my poor judgment, both financially, psychologically, and emotionally."

The school added they "reviewed and updated School policies and procedures to ensure that we minimize the risk of any such incident occurring again."

Though Glenn would be able to teach in a short while, it is highly unlikely he would get hired easily.

Longridge Towers School costs £9,650 (around $12K) a term for boarding and £4,850 for day pupils.