Teacher disciplined after showing graphic video that left Grade 5 students "disturbed"

Oct 9 2019, 11:53 am

A Vancouver Catholic school teacher has been disciplined after showing elementary school students a YouTube video about the Crusades that contained “graphic drawings showing violence, persecution, and torture.”

According to the British Columbia Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Hani Nabil Naguib Amin Malti was employed by the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese and showed the video to the class of fifth-graders on January 12, 2017.

The ruling states that “some students reported being unable to get the images from the film out of their minds causing them to feel disturbed and scared.”

Nearly one week after Malti showed the students the video, the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese suspended Malti for three days and then fired him “without cause.”

The BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation reviewed the incident in May 2017 and then issued a citation to Malti almost two years later in August 2019.

According to the ruling, Malti admitted the incident constituted professional misconduct and agreed to a reprimand.