Once again we find out that the opposition claims of registration for teachers is the only way to protect kids in schools is a hollow promise.
I was told repeatedly during my school years and often afterwards that having gone to Auckland Grammar, a choice that was not mine, meant that I was a wanker.
However it turns out that my premise, that teachers I had were wankers, seems to have some validity.
The former teacher found guilty of masturbating in a classroom during school hours can now be named as Simon Bede James Toon. He was teaching at Auckland Grammar at the time.
The Herald can also reveal Toon resigned from a previous job at King’s College for downloading pornography.
Name suppression was lifted after the Herald successfully petitioned against a permanent order in a hearing at the High Court in Auckland.
Grammar did not support continued name suppression.
Toon, who taught maths at the school since 2001, was found guilty last month of committing an indecent act in an empty classroom at the school during lunchtime in June 2013.
His teaching certificate is under interim suspension and he is not currently teaching, stepping down when the incident was disclosed.
Toon had denied masturbating but had conceded watching pornography. His lawyer accused the schoolboy witness of “making up a story for his mates”.
Judge Anne Kiernan sentenced him to nine months supervision, with counselling or treatment as appropriate and 80 hours community work. She lifted suppression, but Toon appealed.