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B.C. teacher's licence suspended for inappropriate joke

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November 13, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A B.C. teacher who was overheard making a joke about using one of his students to “whack” two others briefly had his license suspended, offering a reminder that it’s best not to gripe, even in jest, about your job in public.

Joshua Frederic Roland Laurin was a teacher on call in Comox and while accompanying students on a field trip Nov. 6, 2018 he made some comments that didn’t sit well with everyone.

“Laurin said that he did not like his job or being around kids,” reads a consent resolution agreement from the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.

The apparent exception to that rule, was Grade 8 students, which he was also overheard saying that he liked because he could leave them with worksheets.

Laurin also said that he would “like to use one of the students on the field trip to beat two other students to death and to injure a third one”, and he wanted to use one of the students to “whack” two others.

“After the field trip, when the students were back in their classroom, Laurin commented that if he was going to die the following day he would want to hurt students as he would not then get into any trouble,” reads the agreement.

“Some of the students who heard these comments described them as weird and reported feeling shocked by them, although they thought (he) was joking.”

Once the district caught wind of Laurin’s jokes, they issued a letter of discipline and suspended him from the teacher on-call list from Dec. 3 to Dec. 21, 2018.

He also had to take a course at the Justice Institute of B.C. about professional boundaries.

The course was completed in March and then in April the Commissioner considered the matter and proposed a consent resolution agreement to Laurin.

Laurin admitted to professional misconduct and a one-day suspension of his certificate of qualification, which occurred in April.

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