Teacher who received bravery is banned for filming teenager's bottom

Teacher, 41, who received police bravery award for tackling a knifeman in school stabbing attack is banned from the classroom for life after he recorded teenage pupil’s bottom on his mobile phone

  • David Stus, 41, had been given a police commendation for his bravery in 2011
  • He had tackled an 18-year-old stalker who stabbed 14-year-old Chloe West 
  • But in 2019 videos came to light of a 16-year-old girl at his home address 
  • Stus has now been banned from teaching for life following a misconduct hearing

A teacher who was hailed as a hero for tackling a crazed knifeman has now been banned from the classroom for life after filming a 16-year-old girl’s backside on his phone.

David Stus, 41, had been given a police commendation for his bravery at Ridgewood High School in Stourbridge, West Midlands, where he helped overpower a teenager who stabbed 14-year-old Chloe West nine times in April 2011.

Chloe survived the devastating injures caused at the school gates by 18-year-old stalker ex boyfriend Samuel Gayzer-Tomlinson, who was tackled by three members of staff – including Stus – while two Year 11 pupils knocked the knife from his hands.

Gayzer-Tomlinson was jailed for 13 years for attempted murder and Stus, who sat on him until the police arrived, continued to teach at the school.   

But in April 2019, three videos came to light of a 16-year-old girl which were filmed on Bonfire Night at technology teacher Stus’s home address – which the teenager had visited to collect a barbecue to use that evening.

The girl, referred to as Child A, could be seen moving items from a car and around the property, and it appeared that when she was bending over to pick up or put down an item, the camera was focused on her bottom.

Police were contacted and took no further action following a criminal investigation, but the school began its own probe and made a referral to teaching watchdogs. 

Stus has now been banned from teaching for life following a misconduct hearing in Coventry.

David Stus, 41, had been given a police commendation for his bravery at Ridgewood High School (pictured) in Stourbridge, West Midlands, where he helped overpower a teenager who stabbed 14-year-old Chloe West nine times in April 2011

The Teaching Regulation Agency panel said Child A had visited Mr Stus’s home address on Bonfire Night in order to pick up a barbecue to use that evening. 

Stus had back pain and Child A assisted in moving some heavy objects from a car and around the property.

At some point during the footage, the camera turned and the person holding the phone could be seen to be Stus. A muffled conversation could be heard between the two of them at times.

Some of the footage had been edited, so that when Child A was bent over, the footage looped on repeat. 

Stus claimed the original footage on his phone was deleted. He accepted that he must have recorded the video, but it was accidental.

He argued he often had his phone set to record due to problems with neighbouring properties and that generally he was not very good with phones.

He said that he often inadvertently recorded footage accidentally, made pocket dials and had broken or lost many other phones.

But the panel which viewed the film said at some points, Child A appeared to be in the centre of the footage.

The TRA said: ‘One clip showed Child A picking up an item, with a close-up of her bottom. Mr Stus remains behind Child A and follows her as she walks to the kitchen.

‘Apart from a brief moment at 0:10, the footage remains centred on Child A’s rear for the entirety of that time period.

‘For the vast majority of this period the footage is not shaky and it does not deviate from a view of Child A from behind.’

Child A gave evidence that she was not aware of being filmed and therefore did not consent. This was not disputed by the teacher.


Chloe survived the devastating injures caused at the school gates by 18-year-old stalker ex boyfriend Samuel Gayzer-Tomlinson (pictured), who was tackled by three members of staff – including Stus – while two Year 11 pupils knocked the knife from his hands. Tomlinson had dyed his hair black so she wouldn’t recognise him

One clip appears to show parts of the footage of Child A being looped, particularly when she is bent over, although the panel said there was not enough proof the teacher had edited it. 

Chris Ruston, who chaired the misconduct hearing in Coventry, said: ‘The panel considered the only natural explanation for covertly filming Child A from behind and focusing on her bottom would be for his own sexual gratification.

‘As such, the panel is satisfied that it is more likely than not that Mr Stus’s actions were sexually motivated.’

Banning Stus from teaching for life, John Knowles, for the Education Secretary, said: ‘The panel noted that the allegations took place outside the education setting.

‘But they considered that as Mr Stus’s sexually motivated misconduct involved a child, it could affect the way he fulfilled his teaching role or may lead to pupils being exposed to, or influenced by his behaviour in a harmful way.

‘Accordingly, the panel was satisfied that Mr Stus was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

‘The panel also took into account that Mr Stus had previously been involved in an extremely serious incident at the school and had acted heroically following a knife attack and received a police commendation.’

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