WATCH: Former Vic High teacher barred from teaching in B.C. after sending sexually explicit messages to teen
A Victoria man who admitted to sexting a former student has been handled a lifetime teaching ban.
The case dates back to the Spring of 2013, when the teacher in question sent numerous inappropriate text messages and twitter messages to a female student who had graduated the year before.
The messages were of sexual nature — including references to having sex with her.
Anthony Albert Drolet, who goes by Tony, was immediately suspended and then fired by the Victoria School District in August of 2013.
At the time, Tony Drolet was teaching at Vic High. The School District says no other students or former students were targeted.
Drolet has since relinquished his teaching certificate and now works for a sports wear company.
The case was referred to the British Columbia Commissioner for Teacher Regulation and a consent resolution agreement was recently reached.
In the documents, which have been posted online, Drolet admits to the inappropriate conduct and agreed to be barred from teaching ever again in B.C.
The superintendent of schools says it’s an appropriate punishment, given the serious nature of the case.
“I’m very thankful to the teacher regulation branch for the seriousness in which they took this situation,” says School District 61 superintendent Piet Langstraat. “We as teachers, we as a School District, are entrusted every day with the children parents send to us and that’s a huge trust on the part of parents and we need to ensure we are fulfilling our responsibility for those children every single day.”
Officials say it’s very unusual to have a teacher banned like this.
The Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association declined an on-camera interview but told CHEK News proper processes were filed and the outcome was just given the circumstances.