A British teacher has been fired and banned from classrooms following a sexual misconduct investigation.
Harry White, 37, allegedly made numerous sexual remarks toward one of his Sixth form female students at the Farnborough Hampshire school, including telling her to buy “sl*tty underwear,” and signed off text messages with kisses.
Sixth form students in Britain are equivalent to high school senior students in the US educational system.
According to The Daily Mail, White groomed the girl beginning when he cast her in a “risque” part for a musical at school.
He asked the girl if she watched pornography and described a graphic scene from hit TV show House of Cards ‘in which an older 50 year old politician had performed a sexual act on a 19 year old girl’.
The Misconduct panel heard that White “told Pupil A told to buy ‘sl*tty’ underwear that pushed her cleavage ‘up as much as possible’ for the role.”
“Pupil A informed Pupil J [another student] that Mr White had described a graphic sex scene to Pupil A in the television series “House of Cards” in which an older 50-year-old politician had performed a sexual act on a 19-year-old girl,” the panel wrote in a ruling that banned White from classrooms.
According to The BBC, White continued the relationship after the student graduated to university.
White did not attend the hearing, according to the report, but he denied all allegations of impropriety.
“We may well have exchanged about 30 pictures. These were all in the context of friendship,” he reportedly said previously.
In its ruling, the panel stated that White’s actions amounted to “serious sexual misconduct.” He was fired and banned indefinitely from classrooms, meaning he will not be allowed to reapply to teach again.
“The College treats all allegations and complaints of this nature with the utmost seriousness, placing the highest priority on the safeguarding of all students in its care. Such instances are very rare, the school said in a statement.
“However, whilst we are confident that the disciplinary procedures followed on this occasion were supportive, robust and effective, the College has taken the opportunity to reflect on the issues raised by this case and is, accordingly, reviewing its staff training, policies and practice.”