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BC teacher reprimanded for joking he would shoot his students

A BC teacher who joked to his students that he'd shoot them unless they did well on a math test has been reprimanded.

According to a May 14 BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation consent resolution agreement, Brian John Carmichael told his class "I’m going to have to shoot you all” if they did not "ace" a test.

While the teaching regulator understood Carmichael meant this as a joke it didn't stop him from getting in hot water.

The consent resolution says following the comment one student felt uncomfortable and wanted to leave the classroom immediately.

"Another was unsure if Carmichael was being serious, and a third reported feeling concerned and confused," the document says.

"Carmichael’s conduct had the effect of endangering the emotional safety of students when he made a comment about shooting them," the regulator said.

The incident happened in January 2023, around the same time Carmichael made another inappropriate comment to a class.

The teacher told a combined Grade 7, 8 and 9 math class about having a distant relative in his class the year before and how the relative's mother had told him he could give the kid a "bare bottom spank" if they misbehaved.

Shortly after the two incidents, Gold Trail School District 74 issued Carmichael a letter of discipline.

The consent agreement does not say which Fraser Canyon area school Carmichael taught at.

The veteran teacher who began teaching 25 years ago has previously been issued warning letters from the school district once in 2013 and again in 2017.

"They directed that he establish and maintain appropriate professional boundaries with students, be respectful in his communications, and proportional in his responses," the consent agreement says.

Carmichael signed a consent agreement admitting to his conduct and will have to take a Creating a Positive Learning Environment course.

By signing the consent agreement Carmichael is also barred from making statements that question or contradict the agreement.

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