UPDATED: B.C. teacher suspended for obscene language, sarcasm to both students and parents

Grade 8 shop teacher in Comox Valley admits to professional misconduct

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The article has been updated with a response from School District 71.

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The BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation has handed out a suspension to a Comox Valley teacher.

The decision from earlier in July was released on July 23. David James Munro has accepted a three-day suspension from Sept. 3 to 5, 2019 in relation to a complaint about him dating back to June 2017.

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He was a teacher for a Grade 8 shop class in School District 71 when complaints were filed in regard to allegations of misconduct, such as using inappropriate language around parents and students. Examples cited in the decision include “I don’t give a rat’s ass,” “busting my balls,” “get your s*** together or I am not going to send you to Grade 9,” and “you were f***ing around yesterday.”

“Munro engaged in a series of inappropriate classroom interactions, including inappropriate language and sarcasm,” Commissioner Howard Kushner writes. “Munro created an environment in which students may have felt uncomfortable and fearful of being humiliated.”

It also criticizes for failing to acknowledge the need for different learning styles.

Munro is currently listed on the district website as a staff member for Cumberland Community School.

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The written decision also refers to Munro’s use of sarcasm in the class, which caused some embarrassment for students.

The commissioner notes the district issued a letter of discipline to Munro on June 27, 2017, and suspended him for five days. It made the report to the commissioner about the case on July 5, 2017.

The report also cites references to a previous case of Munro using inappropriate language with students from December 2009.

It states Munro admits to the facts and that his conduct constitutes professional misconduct.

“Munro acknowledged the need for change and has taken active measures to prevent a similar situation from arising in the future,” Kushner says.

As part of the agreement, Munro is not to make any statement in writing or orally that contradicts the decision.

School District 71 spokesperson Mary Lee said the district abides by the decision of the Teacher Regulation Board (TRB).

“Our duty is to report disciplinary action regarding a teacher’s conduct to the TRB. In turn the TRB will conduct their own internal investigation,” she said in an emailed response, adding student safety is always a priority. “When it comes to safety, we will never place students in harm’s way. While we cannot get into matters that are private, we can say with confidence that the learning has occurred and we are all moving forward.”



mike.chouinard@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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