POLICE PROBE ABUSE CLAIMS AT TOP SCHOOL; EXCLUSIVE Head and Three Senior Staff Told to Stay Away
Byline: By DAVID TAYLOR
A HEAD teacher and three senior colleagues have been moved from a school as police probe claims of child abuse.
Liz McKenna, deputy Marion Parry and teachers Alison McGuinness and Helen Grech are all away from their desks at Middlefield Residential School.
It is understood the allegations are of psychological abuse of children at the Glasgow school, which has a roll of 28 autistic pupils.
The investigation is being handled by the Strathclyde Police Child Protection Unit and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.
None of the teachers has been charged and it is not known if any of them are mentioned by name in the complaint which sparked the investigation.
A source said the accusation was made by a former member of staff.
The four teachers have not been suspended but are working elsewhere.
The source said: "The complaint is being treated extremely seriously. Any allegation of abuse of children in a school has to be treated like that.
"The teachers were asked to leave the school while the investigation is carried out.
"An interim head has been appointed and the obvious intention is to keep the school running as normally as possible for the sake of the pupils."
The school, which is operated by Glasgow City Council, is nondenominational and has boys and girls aged five to 18. …