A former Calgary elementary school teacher lost her teaching certificate after a disciplinary committee found she had “a sexual and emotional relationship” with a 14-year-old boy.
According to the Edmonton Journal, an Alberta Teachers’ Association conduct committee found a Grade 1 and music teacher “guilty on five counts of misconduct during the 2011-12 school year at a Calgary public school.”
After hearing from several witnesses including the former student, the student’s friends, his father, and other witnesses at a hearing in Edmonton in January of last year, the committee found the teacher “guilty of using Marijuana with a student, allowing students to use illegal drugs in her presence, having sexual contact with a student, being in regular text and phone contact with the student and engaging in a relationship with the student outside of school.”
“Teachers who engage in deplorable activities with students cause significant harm to their victims and families,” the three-member committee wrote in its decision.
The committee then fined her $22,500, revoked her teachers’ association membership, and recommended the education minister cancel her teaching certificate.
“(The teacher) has not been apologetic and there is no evidence of her expressing any remorse related to any of the charges,” the committee concluded.
Records showed at least 300 text messages and 700 phone calls between December 2011 and July 2012.
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