BC teacher fired for having sexual relationship with 18-year-old student

Oct 31 2019, 3:32 pm

A BC teacher has been banned from teaching for 10 years after engaging in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.

According to a decision from the BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, the high school teacher was employed at a district in BC and entered into an “inappropriate intimate and sexual relationship” with the student approximately six weeks after they graduated.

“The relationship arose directly out of the teacher-student relationship, which spanned four years from Grades 9 to 12,” states the decision, which was published anonymously under section 54(3) of the Teachers Act to protect the identity of a student harmed, abused, or exploited by the teacher.

Over that period, the student “regularly and consistently” spent time with the teacher including “time alone” at the school. The student also disclosed personal matters to the teacher.

According to the decision, “the teacher was aware the student had a crush on him while the student was in high school.”

When the student was in Grade 11, an incident occurred in which the teacher had physical contact with the student that was of a “sexually suggestive nature.”

The decision states, the student contacted the teacher and they met a few times in early August. The teacher revealed to the student that he loved them and “initiated sexual activity.”

The decision states the teacher agreed to the cancellation of his certificate and to the 10-year ban.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article erroneously stated the student contacted the teacher in early August of this year. This information was incorrect and the article has been amended.