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B.C. teacher given one-day suspension after student accidentally hit by baseball bat

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April 07, 2020 - 2:11 PM

A teacher at an elementary school in northeastern B.C. was given a one-day suspension after a student was accidentally hit in the head with a baseball bat.

According to a consent resolution agreement from the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Herman Tsz Hin Chow was teaching a grade seven physical eduction class at a school in the Peace River South school district on May 30, 2019, when a student accidentally struck another in the back of the head with a baseball bat. The student then fell to the ground and held their head because of the pain.

Chow approached the student who accidentally hit the other and asked them to apologize. He was told an apology had already happened, and Chow walked away.

The injured student went into the school with a friend to get some ice, the decision said. When they returned, Chow asked the student how they were feeling. The student appeared shaken and said they had a headache and didn’t feel well. Chow returned to the other students who were still playing baseball.

Chow didn't reported the incident to the student’s parents or to school administrators.

Two weeks after the incident, Chow handed in his resignation to the school district.

The B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation said Chow was deemed to have not taken the appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of the student, and his actions during the incident constitute professional misconduct. For that, he was given a one-day suspension of his teaching certificate.

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