B.C. teacher on paid leave for showing students racy video

Dec 19 2017, 10:44 pm

For the second time in two years, a B.C. teacher has been forced to abandon his teaching duties for showing young students a racy video in class.

Saanich elementary school teacher Joe Winkler played an inappropriate video version of “La mer” by Mireille Mathieu to his fourth/fifth grade French music class. Towards the end of the YouTube video, a provocative photo of a naked woman lying on her stomach on a beach appeared.

Winkler thought he had chosen an appropriate video, but that was not the case. According to CTV News, Winkler says he chose the wrong video by accident.

“It was not intentional and I very much regret if I have offended any parents or students,” Winkler wrote in an email to parents obtained by CTV. “I will be making a point of no longer using YouTube with this group of children, so that this type of mistake doesn’t happen again.”

The school district launched an investigation after one student complained. He was subsequently put on paid leave.

However, this is not Winkler’s first incident: he was suspended in 2012 for showing fourth grade students a Christmas video consisting of scantily-clad drag queens lip-synching “Mele Kalimaka” by Bette Midler.

Warning: this video contains an image that may be offensive to some readers.

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