Police guard after teacher’s ‘affair with parent’

Debbie Cavanagh refused to confirm or deny she confronted the teacher. Picture: TSPL
Debbie Cavanagh refused to confirm or deny she confronted the teacher. Picture: TSPL
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POLICE were posted at the gates of a primary school after a jealous mother accused a teacher of having an affair with her husband.

Irate mum Debbie Cavanagh is furious at claims the unnamed teacher – whom she used to consider a friend – had a seven-month relationship with her husband.

She is said to have hit the roof and confronted the teacher about the allegations.

The Evening News can also reveal police officers were sent to Duddingston Primary in response to alleged threats. Police Scotland confirmed the officers were deployed after they received complaints relating to threatening messages being sent.

And while no further action is being taken by cops, education chiefs are probing the alleged affair.

The teacher – who is off work but not suspended and cannot be named for legal reasons – is said to have faced an angry confrontation with Mrs Cavanagh earlier this month.

The classroom worker strongly denies the affair.

Last night Mrs Cavanagh, who has a child at the school, confirmed she had made a complaint about the perceived love triangle.

She hit out at what she sees as a failure to take action against the staff member but was tight-lipped about the alleged showdown she had with her supposed love rival.

Wearing a pink hoodie and speaking outside her Duddingston home, Mrs Cavanagh – who is in her late 20s – said: “My husband admitted he had the affair and gave a statement to the education board.”

Asked about the confrontation with the teacher, she said: “I won’t confirm or deny that it happened, but I will say that it’s the kind of thing that happens to dirty people.”

The teacher went to St Leonard’s police station to report the confrontation, but declined to take the matter further.

A school staff member is also understood to have contacted police to report that the teacher had been confronted by Mrs Cavanagh.

Mrs Cavanagh told the Evening News she was convinced her husband had been cheating on her with the teacher between May and December last year.

She said she had even asked the teacher what she would do if she found out her partner was involved in an affair with another woman. The teacher is said to have replied that she would cut the other woman’s hair off.

Mrs Cavanagh is said to be furious that the teacher has not been suspended from her post in the wake of the allegations. Education chiefs said they were looking into a complaint regarding the matter.

The Evening News understands that Duddingston Primary, which has a roll of around 380, became involved in the episode after Mrs Cavanagh sent threatening messages to teachers and parents.

Officers were stationed at the school as a precaution last week but no incident involving Mrs Cavanagh was reported.

Mrs Cavanagh added: “I complained to the school and had a meeting with the head teacher and the business manager and my husband. He admitted it all.

“The business manager said, ‘Can we keep it between ourselves if the teacher apologises?’. They said it could get very messy and wreck the school’s reputation.

“I said ‘over my dead body’. I asked if she had been suspended and they said ‘no’.”

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Police can confirm they received a report of antisocial behaviour against Duddingston Primary School on January 20. No further action has been taken.”

Regarding the allegation against the teacher, a council spokesman said: “A complaint has been received and is being looked into.”