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BC teacher suspended for 'inappropriate physical interaction' when removing student from classroom

A BC teacher has been suspended without pay for his conduct towards a student despite a well-documented individual education and safety plan.

A consent resolution summary was published on Feb. 21. The agreement is between the BC Teacher Commission and David Reid.

The agreement says Reid was teaching a grade eight class in February 2021 when the misconduct occurred.

The document states that he did not familiarize himself with the student’s individual education plan and ended up embarrassing the student and causing him anxiety.

“As a consequence, Reid was not familiar with events that would trigger Student A or how to respond appropriately to Student A when triggered,” states the consent agreement.

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When Reid embarrassed the student, the student became agitated and “reached up and made contact with Reid’s face.”

Reid then reportedly responded by physically moving the student out of the classroom, angrily ordering them to leave the room, causing them to trip and fall. This resulted in Reid falling on top of the student, however, he continued to pull the student up and out of the room.

As a result of this incident, the BC Teacher Commission suspended Reid for five days without pay in March 2022.

The BC Teacher Commission decided to suspend his certificate of qualification for one week, from Feb. 27, 2023 to Mar. 3.

When determining the one-week certificate suspension, the commissioner considered that Reid did not maintain a positive and safe learning environment and his physical interaction with the student was inappropriate.



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