B.C. teacher suspended for cursing at children, using ‘bad cop’ tactics

B.C. teacher suspended for cursing at children, using ‘bad cop’ tactics

The B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation (CTR) says a teacher in the province was suspended for three days without pay after he yelled and cursed at a pair of students, which reportedly made them feel unsafe.

The incident occurred on July 11, 2022, when a teacher was disciplining two students over two consecutive days.

According to the CTR, the teacher had spoken with the two students about their behaviour on several occasions.

When that occurs, teachers should direct students to the school’s vice principal, according to the school’s student behaviour interventions policy.

Instead, the teacher confronted the students on two consecutive days, according to the CTR.


On the first day, he told the students that they were lying when they denied the allegations of misbehaving, and that he would “find out more information about what they had done.”

The CTR says the teacher did not report this encounter with the school administration.

Then, on the second day, the teacher confronted the students while “visibly angry,” according to the CTR, and used “self-described ‘bad cop’ tactics in addressing them.”

Those methods included raising his voice, swearing, and telling the students that if he were in high school he would “kick your ass right now.”

The teacher did not tell the school administration about this second encounter, but the CTR says the students reported they felt unsafe and threatened after the meeting.

On June 30, 2022, the school district issued the teacher a letter of discipline and he was suspended without pay for three days. He was also required to complete a course on restorative action.

The teacher served those three suspension days from Sept. 6 to 8, 2022, according to the CTR’s consent resolution agreement released Wednesday.

The teacher also agreed to a reprimand from the CTR and acknowledged that his conduct was inappropriate.

The CTR says it did not share which school district the incident took place in to protect the identities of the students.

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