He was having a bad day

That must have been an exciting day in the Religious Education class.

A religious education teacher has been struck off after telling pupils: “Hitler wasn’t all bad – he killed the Jews, the gays and the disabled”.

David McNally also told pupils at Kilwinning Academy that he would rather have been a child abuser and liked to watch porn on his mobile phone.

The remarks were made to S3 and higher RE classes on 1 November 2012.

First of all he seems to have gone off topic…although I suppose he could have been attempting to explain why Hitler was a good and orthodox Catholic, to start with, and then shifted to explaining why child abuse is totally Catholic and orthodox and good. (I still don’t get the porn connection though.)

Second, too much information.

As well as the remark about Hitler he asked one of his Higher pupils if they had had sex at the weekend.

On the same day he said to pupils in his third year class: “I didn’t want to be a teacher. I would rather have been a prison warden or a child abuser.”

He also said: “I have a part-time job at a children’s home – they have taught me how to whip a child with a wet towel without leaving a mark.”

The hearing was also told he said: “I love my mobile phone because I can sit and watch porn on it.”

McNally also made inappropriate comments about disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile after widespread reports emerged about him being a child abuser.

He really was thorough about it, wasn’t he.


  1. Markita Lynda—threadrupt says

    This does seem to be a case where the rule to “Engage brain before opening mouth” was not followed. I would be interested in knowing how long this monster has been teaching children.

  2. Richard Smith says

    On the same day he said to pupils in his third year class: “I didn’t want to be a teacher. I would rather have been a

    Don’t say it. Don’t say it. Don’t say it.

    prison warden or a child abuser.”

    Whew. It’s all okay, then. The forestry industry is still safe.

    You know, when I was in public school, there were these neat cards you could fill out at the guidance counsellor’s office and, a few days later, you’d get a big old printout with details about the various jobs you’d asked about. Personally, whenever I was in to get a few job descriptions, I’d always add “chick sexer,” just because it stood out as such a strange job. But in all the times I flipped through the binder full of career titles and their computer codes, I don’t recall ever seeing “child abuser” listed. Things must have been done a lot different when McNally went for career counselling…

  3. says

    Okay, I’ve said enough stupid things in my life (mostly via private email, fortunately) but how can one be that open about having inappropriate thoughts about kids?

    Is this part of that old timey British imperial culture that Richard Dawkins is so fond of reminding us of, when a little light molestation from the headmaster was just par for the course?

  4. says

    It sounds to me like he was trying to say the most outrageous things he could before someone stopped him. For the thrill of it like, or perhaps out of a masochistic depression. Not that any of it necessarily reflected his true thoughts or behaviour.

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