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B.C. teacher reprimanded for calling misbehaving student 'big guy'

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July 07, 2021 - 7:00 AM

For using an “overly familiar” moniker to a student who wasn’t listening, a B.C. teacher has been formally reprimanded.

Jon Marinus Lampard was a teacher at an independent school in an undisclosed district and on Feb. 11, the school principal wrote the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation about events that occurred on that day.

According to a decision published July 6, Lampard was teaching Grade 10 PE when one of the students started gesturing rudely with a pickleball paddle.

“Lampard’s response was to hit the student on the shoulder with a wooden pickleball paddle,” said the agreement.

The student "was shocked and said ‘ouch’ immediately as it stung.”

Lampard apologized then later in the same class things took a turn for the worse. The student attempted to serve two balls and the way Lampard tried to correct him didn’t go over well.

“Hey big guy, you only serve with one ball,” Lampard said.

Lampard did not usually call him “big guy” and it took the student by surprise as it seemed overly familiar.

Two days later, Feb. 10, the school issued Lampard a letter of discipline and suspended him for one day without pay. The suspension was served on Feb. 10.

On March 26 the commissioner considered this matter and determined to promise a Consent Resolution Agreement to Lampard which was signed June 16. It among other things, requires he take a course on creating a positive learning environment through the Justice Institute of B.C. and provide proof of completion.

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