Two suspended 
at Donaldson’s

The board of Donaldson's Deaf School ordered an investigation. Picture: Dan Phillips
The board of Donaldson's Deaf School ordered an investigation. Picture: Dan Phillips

An inquiry into alleged inappropriate behaviour four years ago has led to the suspension of the two most senior staff members at Donaldson’s School in Linlithgow.

Chief executive Janice MacNeill and headteacher Mary O’Brien have been suspended by the board of Donaldson’s on Preston Road, in order to carry out an investigation into whether correct procedures were followed in a case, involving another member of staff, dating back to 2009.

The move was made after the incident where an alleged “inappropriate physical act” 
involving an unnamed member of staff and a young adult not connected with the school, was brought up at a meeting of the governing board at the start of the summer.

Although the alleged incident did not happen at Donaldson’s, and did not involve any pupils, staff were aware of it, but no 
action was taken. When the board was alerted, the member of staff was suspended and 
police were contacted.

The board of governors then began an investigation into why appropriate action was not
 taken sooner.

Mary Mulligan, convener of the board of Donaldson’s Trust, said: “The Board of Donaldson’s Trust was recently made aware of certain allegations that we had a duty of care to take seriously. In line with due process, and following external advice, we contacted the authorities and a police investigation is currently underway.

“The individual, who has not been in post for some weeks due to the school summer break, has been suspended pending the outcome of those investigations. It is not possible for us to discuss this matter in any more detail.

“The suspension of two senior members of staff is to allow an internal review only and is not connected to the 
police investigation.”

Mrs Mulligan stressed there were no further allegations against the member of staff, who was a support worker, and no pupils were involved.

A school spokesman added there was no cause for concern for parents and it was business as usual.

In the interim, deputy head Carol Binnie, and Helen Greene, director of finance are in charge of the school.