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B.C. teacher gets counselling for manhandling and calling student 'idiot'

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March 31, 2020 - 5:30 PM

A Sooke area middle school teacher has been ordered to get some counselling after manhandling one student and calling another an idiot during a field trip that went awry.

James Anurodh Rahul Roy agreed to a formal reprimand after acknowledging he committed professional misconduct and signed a consent resolution agreement with the Commissioner for Teacher regulation, according to a public notice posted online.   

Roy, who has been a teacher since 2014, took his Grade 6 class to the forest April 9, 2019 for a field trip, according to the notice.

Once there, one student sustained a foot injury that required first aid attention.

Another student, 11, asked if they could look at the injury as they had taken a first aid class.

“Roy allowed Student A to administer the first aid under his direction,” the notice reads. “Student A and Roy then debated whether or not the injured student needed a splint on their foot.”

At some point, other students ran behind the physical boundary Roy had designed for them.

“As Roy grew anxious about the students who had run off, he asked those present to form a line,” the notice read.

One student did not obey Roy’s order. Roy responded by grabbing that student by the shoulders and shaking them in a way the student believed to be aggressive.

Roy then ordered the student to get back into line.

Not long afterward he went back to Student A and said, “don’t be an idiot.”

On April 24, 2019, the district issued Roy a written warning letter and on June 18, 2019, the commissioner considered this matter and determined to propose a consent resolution agreement.

Roy has been ordered to complete six sessions of counselling with a counsellor approved by the commissioner and has to provide satisfactory proof of completion of the counselling to the commissioner by the condition date.

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