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Alicia Reid, 52, head of Stranraer Academy in Scotland, is being investigated amid claims she was seen by a student at Glasgow Airport two days before the start of the October half-term break. Footage has circulated on social media from Thursday, October 7, of Ms Reid reportedly in the airport queue ahead of a trip to Turkey.

Earlier on the school day, it is claimed Ms Reid told colleagues she needed to go home after being “pinged” as a close contact of someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

One video taken by a pupil has been shared on the social media site Snapchat with the caption: “Miss Reid is that you? It looks so much like her.”

The father of the pupil who filmed the video explained there were two flights scheduled from Glasgow to Turkey on October 7.

He told the Scottish Mail on Sunday: “We were on one and she was on the other.

“My daughter was really shocked to see her headteacher there.

“I heard her say, ‘It’s Miss Reid! What is she doing here?’

“She started filming and posted the images to let her friends see.

“We had no idea of the effect it would have because we didn’t know the teacher was supposed to be off self-isolating.”

The alleged incident has sparked anger from parents at the school as they have been encouraged not to go on holiday during term time.

One frustrated parent said: “It seems it’s one rule for some and one for others.

“We get warned not to book holidays during school time but apparently the headteacher seems to think those warnings don’t apply to her.

“If she had been pinged and was supposed to be self-isolating, what was she doing at an airport?

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“Parents want answers and we hope they will be forthcoming.”

Dumfries and Galloway council, who runs educational services in the area, has launched an investigation into the matter.

Dr Gillian Brydson, director of skills, education and learning at the council, confirmed Ms Reid will be replaced by an acting headteacher.

She said: “Miss Reid will not be in school for a period of time.

“An acting headteacher is due to be appointed as soon as possible.”

A council spokesman said: “We do not comment on matters related to individual staff.

“Good progress in learning continues to be the priority for the school community of Stranraer Academy and we will provide leadership and support to the school management team.

“We hope that answers will be forthcoming.”
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