A COUNTY council team responsible for safeguarding children has been called in to help investigate Accrington teacher Samantha Goldstone's vampire website.
Mrs Goldstone, 36, was asked to stay away from St Christopher's High School, Accrington, after the school received complaints about her "lurid" personal website, which publicised her gothic horror novel and poems written under the pen-name Paigan Stone.
Another allegation against Mrs Goldstone, who has taught English and drama at the school for three years, is that she read pupils excerpts from her book Gabriele Caccini - The Vampire Gene Book 1.
It is also thought to be claimed that she gave pupils details of her website and may have invited some of them to become "friends" of her MySpace page even after she had barred it from public view.
The website contains warnings of "adult content with vampire eroticism, violence and blood lust."
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "The school and county council is very keen to deal with this issue as soon as possible.
"Concerns have been raised with the school which are being investigated. These concerns have to be investigated appropriately by the school and, where appropriate, colleagues from the county council.
"Council officers from human resources and safeguarding have been involved in inquiries regarding the concerns raised.
"Safeguarding children is one of the county council's responsibilities under the Every Child Matters agenda. Where concerns relate to young people in any way it is appropriate for our safeguarding team from the Directorate for Children and Young People to be involved alongside the school and personnel staff.
"However it would be inappropriate to discuss the matter further."
Mrs Goldstone has been advised by lawyers not to talk to members of the press until the investigation is concluded.