KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops middle school teacher who showed a shirtless photo of himself to a former student and forcefully kissed her on the neck has been suspended by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.
Brett Edward Wasylik was celebrating an end-of-season dinner with a sports team at a Kamloops restaurant in the evening Nov. 12, 2016, according to a consent resolution agreement that was published on Aug. 6.
The consent resolution agreement says Wasylik behaved inappropriately throughout the evening with the former student. When he arrived, he noticed the student working at the restaurant as a hostess.
At one point, he walked up to the student and spoke to her for about five minutes and told her she was looking “fucking hot." He also told her he had been awarded the most valuable player trophy and he had completed the course work for a Master of Education degree, it was near his birthday and he was having a fun night.
“During this conversation he also showed the former student two photos from his phone. One photo was of him with the most valuable player trophy and the other was a professionally-taken photo of him shirtless,” the agreement says.
Wasylik says he showed her this picture because he was a bit embarrassed about it.
The agreement notes during this conversation, Wasylik was observed standing very close to the former student and also hugged her.
Throughout the course of the evening, Wasylik was seated in the patio area of the restaurant and would call out “come here” to the former student whenever he saw her walking by.
He also told another server in the restaurant that he had been the former student’s teacher. He made a comment about how he would like the former student to join his celebrations after her shift ended.
His conduct made the former student feel uncomfortable, the agreement says. When Wasylik saw the former student in the hallway preparing to leave, he offered to walk her to her car and the she declined.
He insisted and the former student attempted to delay leaving but Wasylik insisted and put his arm around her.
As they were leaving, the former student made gestures to convey to a co-worker that she was uncomfortable with the situation.
When they got to her car, Wasylik hugged her again as she was about to get into her car.
He was aware that she was uncomfortable and said “I’m not going to kiss you, just your neck” which he did. The former student drove away, upset with Wasylik’s behaviour.
While this was happening, a co-worker told the restaurant manager about the situation. The manager told Wasylik he was not welcome in the restaurant.
Wasylik responded by saying the manager did not have to worry about him because he had been her teacher. Wasylik agreement to leave the restaurant.
On Nov. 28, 2016 the school district suspended Wasylik without pay for three days and required him to complete the Reinforcing Respectful Boundaries at the Justice Institute of B.C.
Wasylik admits the facts set out in the agreement are true and admits the behaviour in the agreement is contrary to sections of the Standards of the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educations in B.C.
The teacher has also agreed to a two-day suspension of his certificate to be served before Oct. 31, 2019.
For the full consent resolution agreement go here.
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