A teacher who advised a pupil to pleasure herself to combat stress has escaped a ban.
Paul Gibbinson told the teen it was “scientifically proven to work” and asked her to keep it a secret.
The 49-year-old later asked her: “Tried that thing yet?”
The girl was in his design and technology class at the Magna Carta School in Staines, Surrey, which he has since left. Staines is a suburban town on the outskirts of London.
During the misconduct panel Gibbinson denied telling the girl to keep it a secret which was later found proven.
The panel also proved that he had asked her if she had tried it.
Martin Greenslade, misconduct panel chair, said: “The panel heard evidence from Pupil A that she confided in Mr. Gibbinson as to difficulties she was experiencing at home, and with her boyfriend at the time.”
“Over the course of the academic year she would regularly speak to Mr. Gibbinson alone in a classroom about her ongoing difficulties.”
“Pupil A gave evidence that during one of these conversations in 2014, Mr. Gibbinson referred to masturbation and that this was, ‘scientifically proven to work’ as a form of stress relief.”
“Pupil A stated she ended the conversation shortly after this reference by Mr. Gibbinson and did not speak to him again until he saw her a few days later and asked her if she, ‘tried that thing yet’.”
Gibbinson was the subject of two previous misconduct hearings, but the panel considered them irrelevant.
A disciplinary panel convicted him of unprofessional conduct but said he can keep working since his behavior was at “the less serious end of the spectrum.”
His public shaming was ruled punishment enough.
Credit: NY Post