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Bangor teacher struck off for hugging and kissing pupils

William Richard Jones had been teaching at the school since 2008. Photo:

A teacher at a Bangor school has been banned from the classroom for unacceptable professional conduct.

The General Teaching Council for Wales heard that William Richard Jones swore in front of his pupils, made inappropriate comments about their appearance and regularly hugged and kissed his students.

Mr Jones was head of art at Ysgol Friars, since September 2008. The Headteacher at the school described Mr Jones as 'unorthodox'.

It was proved that Mr Jones made 'inappropriate social contact' with pupils, who he had befriended via Facebook.

"We are satisfied by the evidence as a whole that hugging and kissing between Mr Jones and pupils were a regular occurrence.

It has not been alleged that Mr Jones's actions were sexually motivated. Nevertheless, we are satisfied that the actions were inappropriate in that they breached the professional boundary that shouldexist between a teacher and his or her pupils."

– General Teaching Council for Wales

Mr Jones was found guilty of gross misconduct in September last year. The decision was made to give him a final written warning and a demotion.

But the parents of two pupils then complained to the GTCW.

An indefinite prohibition order has now been imposed so he can't teach in Welsh schools.

He can reapply to go back on the teaching register in two years time.