Things kicked off with Cory having sex with his dad's girlfriend and being subsequently kicked out. Naveed chastised his best mate for sleeping around with no regard for who he was hurting in the process, and eventually called off their friendship.
With Cory lashing out, homeless and vulnerable (and not for the first time), temporary headteacher Sian Oakes offered him a place to stay and tried to talk him about his sex addiction. He tried to kiss her in her kitchen, but she pulled away and the next day got his dad to let him back into the house.
However... when she dropped him off home, she put her hand on his leg before he got out of the car.
In another scene, she told fellow teacher Mr Evershed that she received a complaint from a hostel about him being alone in a locked room with (openly lesbian) student Sam, and how he needs to be careful around students....
Later, we saw Cory and Sian alone in the detention room together, where they kissed before the scene cut to them in her car in the middle of a field, with her promising to meet up again tomorrow.
But viewers were not happy with the student/teacher relationship, accusing Sian of taking advantage of Cory, and for chastising Martin despite her own actions (tweets contain strong language):
Sian is a disgusting woman. I can't stand of it. #AckleyBridge— Justin Rafferty (@Justin_rafferty) July 16, 2019
Actually no this ones actually worse than the season 1 storyline I actually can’t believe they’re doing this I get that he’s 18 but that doesn’t make it any less ew #AckleyBridge— ✨🧞♀️𝕞𝕒𝕣𝕪𝕒𝕞🧞♀️✨ (@starbound1101) July 16, 2019
Sian makes me so uncomfortable please stop please stop he’s a student in distress #AckleyBridge— linds (@skylinefools) July 16, 2019
Ah man noooooo not a student teacher relationship noooo noooo nooo #AckleyBridge— 🎀Rachael🎀 (@fanzelforever86) July 16, 2019
sian genuinely makes me SICK to my stomach. i cannot stand that woman. #AckleyBridge— taylor 🎀 misses rent !! (@iIIcoveryou) July 16, 2019
Elsewhere, Naveed seemed happy for the first time in ages after meeting a young lad who was really into him.
Also, headteacher Mandy finally gave birth and while her husband Steve has been absent all series, Kaneez stepped in to help out in the most wholesome and lovely friendship in all of TV.
Ackley Bridge airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on Channel 4.
Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).
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