A British chemistry teacher has been banned from the classroom after she sent more than 2,000 inappropriate messages to a student over a nine-month span.
Police say 30-year-old Victoria Ayris “bombarded” the student with sexual and graphic messages, as well as photos of herself, to a student at Castlebrook High School.
Police say when the teacher was outed, she “panicked” and “begged the youngster to delete her phone number and messages.”
Although she was questioned by police, no criminal charges were filed.
Now, a disciplinary panel at the National College for Teacher and Leadership has banned Ayris from teacher for bringing her “profession into disrepute.”
Ayris, who has worked at Castlebrook for five years, says she “failed to maintain proper boundaries” when she sent the teen messages between February 2012 and November 2012.
When questioned by the principal, she reportedly lied and said she did not even have the boy’s number.
The principal warned her not to have any further contact with the boy.
That day she texted the teen to say, “Delete my phone number and all messages including Whatsapp – don’t ask why just do it – your mom will want to see your phone when you get home.”
The boy’s parents actually defended Ayris, telling the conduct panel that she helped their son “through a difficult time in his life.”
The panel banned her from teacher anyway, although the teacher has since moved to Australia.
Panel head Paul Heathcote said, “The panel noted the evidence that the interactions between Ms Ayris and Pupil A had apparently become the subject of rumor and gossip amongst other pupils and staff at the school. The panel therefore finds that Ms Ayris’ actions constitute conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.”