Photo of a woman in bed and a teenager in the doorway set off the sex scandal investigation
Newly married: sabelle Graham with husband, Andrew Wilkie
A teacher-student sex scandal erupted shortly after the prom night at Whitburn Academy, West Lothian, Scotland in June 2014. A photo was posted on social media which showed a blonde woman in bed and the boy involved in the case standing by the door with a bottle n his hand.
The picture was introduced this week, during hearings on the matter by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The picture appears to show a teacher in bed on the night she is accused of a prom night affair with a pupil in a Travelodge as he stands at the door clutching a bottle of wine.
Married school teacher, Isabelle Graham, 28, is accused of sleeping with a 17-year-old pupil after downing four glasses of wine. But the devout Christian told a hearing, “I’m the victim” and says her drink must have been spiked and she had no recollection of events.
Isabelle Graham claimed she was a practising Christian, a victim and had no recollection of events. Her trainee-clergyman husband Andrew Wilkie , beleived in her and represented her at the hearing
Miss Graham claims her drink was spiked on the night out in June 2014 and that she was a practising Christian who was waiting until she was married before having sex.
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She provided a statement which claimed she had been the “victim” and had no recollection of events.Referring to the photo, she said: “The person in the bed is clearly not in control of the situation.”
She claimed that her first recollection since the night was ‘when she woke up in her flat at about 5am’.
The GTCS case presenter, Carla Roth, addressed the panel on the seriousness of the charges.
She said Mrs Graham’s actions had a ‘public nature’, having happened around pupils and with the image shared on social media. Mrs Graham’s actions left pupils ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘somewhat shocked’ Roth told the panel: ‘You would have to question what sort of role model was provided in this instance.’
Sex scandal scene: The student and teacher Isabella allegely ‘shacked up’ for 3 hours after prom night in the lodge
Isabella Graham claims her drink was spiked on the night out in June 2014 and she had no recollection of events
Refuting Graham’s claim that her drink had been spiked, Ms Roth said this ‘is essentially no more than a speculation.’ Adding, ‘We simply have no evidence of exactly why she may have had a memory loss.’
Mrs Graham was ‘only willing to consider one version of events’, said Ms Roth, that her drink had been spiked rather than that she had drunk too much.
‘She cannot be said to have shown any insight into her conduct,’ declared the lawyer.
Her husband Andrew Wilkie, who is training to become a clergyman, acted as her representative at the hearing. In a statement to the panel, he said: “In all the time I have known her, Miss Graham has always put her Christian faith above all other things.
Graham’s defense was rejected by the GTCS. The former teacher at Whitburn Academy, West Lothian, was judged unfit to teach and barred from the profession by the GTCS disciplinary panel.
Isabella Graham, who taught French at Whitburn Academy, West Lothian at the time of the incident has now moved abroad with her husband Andrew Wilkie