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B.C. teacher reprimanded for telling class to 'shut up'

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A Lower Mainland teacher on call has been reprimanded by the teachers' regulator for telling his class to "shut up" and pushing a pupil out of his classroom.

According to a B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation decision, Sean Stewart Landers told his Coquitlam Grade 2/3 class to "shut up" when teaching the class in February 2020.

According to a consent resolution agreement, after telling the class to "shut up" one student got agitated and Landers attempted to remove the student from the classroom.

Landers put his hand on the student's arm and the student then fell to the floor. The teacher then responded by pushing the student out of the classroom on his bottom.

"After being removed from the classroom, Student A tried to re-enter the classroom but Landers was holding the door shut from the inside," reads the consent resolution agreement. "Two staff members approached and Mr. Landers (who) stated, 'I can't handle this kid.'"

Landers also escorted another misbehaving student to the principal's office, leaving his classroom unattended – another move that landed him in trouble.

"Each classroom at the School has a phone, and it is expected that if a student needs to be sent to the principal's office that the teacher calls the office to make appropriate arrangements," reads the document.

Landers, who has been a teacher in B.C. since 1999, was subsequently issued a letter of discipline from the school district and had the matter referred to the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.

The regulator concluded that "Landers failed to model appropriate behaviour expected of an educator."

In the consent order, Landers agrees to complete a Creating a Positive Learning Environment course and agrees to a "reprimand" although the decision does not say what the "reprimand" will comprise of.

The consent order also states that Landers will not make any statement orally or in writing which "contradicts, disputes, or calls into question," the terms of the agreement.

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