A 60-year-old school janitor who recently became engaged to an 18-year-old former pupil was sacked on the spot when his employer learned about the unlikely relationship.
Lisa Miller, 18, is understood to have proposed to Jim Kerr while visiting a Scottish airshow last Friday.
The couple say they have been together since November last year and live together in Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire.
The teenager was a pupil at Woodfarm High, East Renfrewshire, where Mr Kerr worked as the caretaker until earlier this year.
A spokesman for his employer BAM, the private finance contractor, said: “We were informed about this in March and suspended him the same day. The school is fully aware and was informed over an email.
No chance hahaha a girl in the year below me has got engaged to our schools janny fear pic.twitter.com/h9U7RorPhv
“He had worked at the school for ten years. The pupil had left the school and was over the age of consent when we became aware of it.
“At the time we became aware of this, the girl was over the age of consent so legally they hadn’t done anything wrong but professionally we did what we had to do. The investigation has now concluded.”
The relationship has caused prompted widespread condemnation on social media. Another former pupil, Darren Law, shared a photograph of the couple getting engaged, writing: “No chance. Hahaha. A girl in the year below me has got engaged to our school’s janny. Fear.
Mr Kerr’s daughter Allison has also expressed surprise, saying: It’s my dad and I’m 32 so imagine how me and my family feel seeing that. She added yesterday that the family now had nothing to do with him anymore.
A local radio station posted a video showing Lisa proposing to Mr Kerr beside the beach.
She can be heard saying: “Jim, we’ve been going out for just under a year and I love you so much. I wouldn’t swap you for the world and, marry me?”
He is then shown smiling before quickly answering, “Yes, definitely” before the couple kiss.
A spokesman for East Renfrewshire Council said: “This individual no longer works at the school.
“He was never a member of council staff but was employed by the PFI (private finance initiative) contractor for the campus. Contractors are however bound by our strict codes of contact. Further investigation satisfied the council that this matter did not involve anyone who was a pupil at the school at the time.”
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