A married woman teacher is under investigation after allegedly being found parked in a lay-by with a sixth-former after a school dance.
Eppie Sprung-Dawson, 26, who is married to the son of a former solicitor general of Scotland, has been reported to prosecutors after police apparently surprised her with the unnamed boy.
Another pupil called officers after seeing them pull in, it is claimed.
Both Mrs Sprung-Dawson and the boy have taken time off school since the alleged incident on Dec 22, after classes broke up for Christmas.
Education officials refused to confirm whether the teacher had been suspended. But a source at the school said: “Everybody’s talking about this at the school and it’s all over Twitter and Facebook.
“Apparently they were returning from a dance when they decided to pull in at a lay-by. The rumour is that another pupil spotted them and called police.”
The source described Mrs Sprung-Dawson as a popular member of staff who was dedicated to her pupils, adding: “If this turns out to be true, she will most certainly lose her job. This is known as a respectable Roman Catholic school.”
Mrs Sprung Dawson teaches English at St Joseph’s College, a Catholic comprehensive in Dumfries with around 800 pupils. It was set up by the Marist teaching order of monks. She has a number of positive reviews from pupils on the website ratemyteachers.com.
One described her as a “legend”, adding: “She improved my English a lot and taught me good techniques and she made me read more. She tried to make her lessons as fun as possible.” Another said: “Miss Sprung is amazing! She was such a laugh at the panto.”
Her husband, Ranald Dawson, 32, also a teacher, is the son of the late Lord Dawson, a former solicitor general for Scotland and judge in the Scottish Supreme Courts. The couple married in Selkirk in April 2010.
They were not available for comment yesterday, but a source close to the Dawsons said: “As far as I was aware, they had a great marriage. This would be most out of character for Eppie.
“She and Ranald have always been dedicated to their careers and respected by their students.”
Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary confirmed that a 26-year-old woman had been reported to the procurator fiscal, adding: “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.” A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway council confirmed that they were investigating.
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