Feb 12 2012 Exclusive by Ben Archibald
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PUPILS at Scotland’s top state school have been blasted after branding some of their teachers “paedophiles” on a sick web page.
Dean Smith, head of Mearns Castle High School in Glasgow, was furious when he discovered the Facebook page packed with vile posts about his staff.
A photograph of one is captioned “gunge that paedo” and a catchphrase from a US show that tracks down sexual predators is used on another picture.
Smith contacted Facebook immediately to try to get the page removed and is said to be discussing the webpage with the police.
A source close to the school said: “These accusations obviously bring the school and its staff into disrepute.
“There’s nothing funny about it. Accusations like these could ruin a person’s life.”
The page – called Mearns Castle Memes – was set up on Thursday evening but was shut down on Friday.
In one post a teacher’s name is listed next to a picture of US TV presenter Chris Hansen, who hosts How To CatchA Predator.
It is captioned “Why don’t you have a seat over there?” – Hansen’s catchphrase.
Other offensive posts include one calling a female teacher a “fat bitch”.
The page also pokes fun at other nearby schools.
One post shows a picture of looters during the London riots and compares them to pupils at Barrhead High School.
Other messages suggest Barrhead pupils carry Buckfast bottles and have no teeth. Another post parodies pupils at private Hutcheson Grammar, comparing them to the Oxford University Bullingdon Club.
Many of the comments are made by people who claim to be Mearns High pupils on their own Facebook pages.
The school’s head has contacted the parents of those involved and council chiefs have visited the school to speak to pupils.
A spokesman for East Renfrewshire Council said “We have alerted Facebook and asked that this site be removed immediately.
“We will not tolerate abusive language whether it is in person or online.
“If any of the handful of people responsible for posting abusive comments are pupils they will face stiff penalties.”
Mearns Castle High School was named Scottish State School of the Year in 2011 and 2010.
The school’s SQA results place it in the top five per cent in the whole of Scotland.