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Former Kamloops-Thompson School District teacher banned from teaching

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February 06, 2019 - 10:15 AM

VAVENBY — A teacher within the Kamloops-Thompson School District has been barred from teaching after sending inappropriate messages to multiple former female students.

Bryan Edmund Cederholm taught at Vavenby Elementary School after he was hired in 2016, according to a B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation consent agreement. Despite being warned not to engage in this type of contact with students in early 2016, Cederholm engaged in inappropriate communication with young female students on several occasions.

The first incident outlined in the report states Cederholm exchanged inappropriate messages in Feb. 2017 with a former 12-year-old female student he had previously taught.

The school district became aware of the incident and a letter of reprimand was issued to Cederholm on Feb. 24, 2017, and he was suspended for two days without pay.

In January and February 2017, Cederholm exchanged inappropriate messages with a 14-year-old female student he had previously taught. He also sent her a photo of some of his current elementary school students.

Around the same time, he contacted a second 14-year-old female student he had previously taught using Instagram. The report says the student blocked Cederholm from further contacting her.

The district fired Cederholm on Mar. 16, 2017.

However, after his termination, the school board received a report from the parent of a student regarding Cederholm and their daughter, which initiated an investigation.

“During the 2016 to 2017 school year, over the course of approximately one week, Cederholm sent inappropriate messages to a 16-year-old female student,” the report says.

Cederholm showed this student messages he had exchanged with another person about her.

“The student felt so uncomfortable that she blocked Cederholm from contacting her on social media," the report stated.

On Jan. 18, 2018 the school district advised the teacher regulation board they had received another report alleging Cederholm had communicated inappropriately with a 13-year-old female student.

The two exchanged messages between October 2016 to January 2017 on various social media platforms. The report says inappropriate messages were sent to the student in Jan. 2017.

In a consent agreement reached by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation and Cederholm, he has promised not to teach in any role requiring a certificate of qualification, independent school teaching certificate or letter of permission.

This also means he will not be allowed to re-apply for a teaching certificate.

Cederholm also grew up in Vavenby and attended the school he previously taught at, according to a B.C. Local News report.

He graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2014.

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