Teacher is investigated for wearing 'inappropriate' suit on World Book Day


Teacher is investigated for wearing ‘inappropriate’ figure-hugging morph suit to ‘chase young pupils around school while pretending to be Spiderman’ on World Book Day

  • English teacher Martyn Tunstall donned skin-tight red costume to surprise pupils
  • Council now investigating incident at Broxburn Academy in West Lothian 
  • Parents and relatives have complained to school over World Book Day outfit 
  • Broxburn Academy declined to comment on whether he is suspended or sacked


A Scottish teacher is being investigated for wearing an ‘inappropriate’ figure-hugging morph suit to school on World Book Day, where he claimed to be Spider-Man and allegedly chased the children.

English teacher Martyn Tunstall left little to the imagination after he donned the skin-tight red costume to surprise pupils at Broxburn Academy in West Lothian on Thursday.

The English teacher, from Edinburgh, left little to the imagination in the suit and allegedly told pupils that he was dressed up as Spider-Man.

Images shared on social media show Mr Tunstall walking around the classroom in front of one of his classes with his face covered. Another image shows the secondary school teacher with the top of the suit unzipped, revealing his face. 

A concerned relative of one pupil sharing a photograph on Twitter of the teacher on Friday, writing: ‘Guy teacher at my wee cousin’s school has been sacked for dressing up for World Book Day in one of they morph suits not knowing his c**k, b***s, the lot, were on show. He was chasing the weans pretending to be Spider-Man.’ 

But pupils and parents were said to be shocked by the revealing outfit and complained to the school, with the local authority now probing Mr Tunstall. They refused to confirm whether the teacher is still working at the school or if he has been suspended or even sacked pending investigation. 

A spokesman for West Lothian Council today said: ‘An issue at a lunchtime World Book Day event is currently being addressed internally.’ 

English teacher Martyn Tunstall shocked pupils at Broxburn Academy in West Lothian, with this skin-tight ensemble for World Book Day

English teacher Martyn Tunstall shocked pupils at Broxburn Academy in West Lothian, with this skin-tight ensemble for World Book Day

West Lothian Council today confirmed they have launched an internal investigation into the incident  on Thursday

West Lothian Council today confirmed they have launched an internal investigation into the incident  on Thursday

It is not clear if Mr Tunstall has been suspended or sacked, but his outfit appears to have upset students and their families

It is not clear if Mr Tunstall has been suspended or sacked, but his outfit appears to have upset students and their families

West Lothian Council today confirmed they have launched an internal investigation into the incident.   

The post has received over 4,000 likes, more than 280 retweets and dozens of comments from social media users.

One person joked : ‘Imagine going for a new job after that. ‘What were you sacked for in your last job?’.’

Another local said: ‘This is Broxburn HS, I had a wee guy in for a trim after school, absolutely traumatised.’

While another person commented: ‘In a nutshell, that’s effing horrendous’

Pictures of the teacher and his extraordinary outfit was shared on social media, sparking a slew of critical tweets

Pictures of the teacher and his extraordinary outfit was shared on social media, sparking a slew of critical tweets

Another social media user tagged the school in a post on Saturday, writing: ‘Anyone else think this is an appropriate costume for World Book Day? Worn by a teacher at Broxburn Academy.’

Another person said: ‘@broxburnacademy Is this considered acceptable attire for teachers at the academy? I’m sure many of your students’ parents would disagree.’

Another said: ‘My deputy head got done for being a nonce as I was leaving there, can’t say I am surprised at this.

‘After further investigation I’ve found out this is my old English teacher’.

A video on the Broxburn Academy YouTube page last year shows a teacher prancing around in a red morph suit while sending a goodbye message to school leavers.

Broxburn Academy’s deputy head Kirstie Richmond declined to comment today. 

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