Toowoomba teacher stood down for student Snapchats

A TOOWOOMBA teacher alleged to have sent inappropriate messages to a student via social media has been suspended.

The 34-year-old Toowoomba State High teacher was last week suspended after allegedly sending inappropriate Snapchats to a 15-year-old girl.

The teacher faces two charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

A Department of Education and Training spokseman confirmed the suspension.

"The department has immediately suspended a Toowoomba State High School staff member who is being investigated for potentially serious offences.

"The department is unable to provide further information at this time."

The suspension follows reports that more than 12 teachers have had their registrations cancelled since 2009 for engaging in inappropriate relationships with students online.

The Queensland College of Teachers told Brisbane media that social media had played a role in the suspension of 13 teachers in the past five years.

A Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal ruling in 2013 noted a teacher in June that year had used Snapchat inappropriately in relation to a student.

QCAT wrote that the teacher in that instance "took familiarity well beyond what was proper".

Snapchat is a free social media app designed to share photos, videos, text and drawings between users.