School janitor sacked over relationship with student

London, Sep 9 (IANS) A 60-year-old school janitor in Scotland, who was engaged to an 18-year-old former pupil, was sacked “on the spot” when his employer learned about the relationship.

Lisa Miller, 18, reportedly proposed to Jim Kerr while visiting a Scottish airshow last Friday, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.

The couple said that they have been together since November last year and live together in Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire, Scotland.

The teenager was a student at Woodfarm High, East Renfrewshire, where Kerr worked as the caretaker until earlier this year.

“We were informed about this in March and suspended him the same day. The school is fully aware and was informed over an email. He had worked at the school for ten years. The pupil had left the school and was over the age of consent when we became aware of it,” a spokesman for his employer was quoted as saying.

“At the time we became aware of this, the girl was over the age of consent so legally they had not done anything wrong but professionally we did what we had to do. The investigation has now concluded,” he added.

The relationship has caused prompted widespread condemnation on social media.

Kerr’s daughter Allison has expressed surprise, saying: “It’s my dad and I’m 32 so imagine how me and my family feel seeing that.” She added yesterday that the family now had “nothing to do with him anymore”.

–IANS

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