I sometimes wonder if the teaching profession might avoid their long parade of sickos before the courts and the Teacher’s Council is they simply recruited Catholic priests.
Another registered teacher has been preying on his students.
The teacher unions main opposition to charter schools along with the Labour party is that there is no recommendation for teachers to be registered, supposedly it is to protect the kids.
Registration certainly worked well in protecting two teenagers from this sicko.
A maths teacher sacked for inappropriate relationships with female students has continued to contact one of the girls over Facebook.
Former Ashburton College teacher Michael Burrell-Smith had his teaching registration cancelled for his behaviour toward two 16-year-olds before he left in April 2013.
Just-released New Zealand Teachers’ Council disciplinary tribunal findings said the girls suffered emotionally from their dealings with Burrell-Smith, who was then a 24-year-old maths teacher.
His “serious misconduct” included late-night conversations and telling one of the girls, whose names are suppressed, that he loved her and she was “gorgeous”, the tribunal found.
According to his Facebook profile, Burrell-Smith now lives in Canada. Yet he has continued to contact one of the complainants.
The girl, now 17, said Burrell-Smith sent her a private Facebook message last week.
She replied and told him he should not be contacting her and to leave her alone. He sent a long message back saying he still had feelings for her, she said.
She felt he blamed her for losing his job at the college and, later, another job at Mt Hutt Ski Area.
The skifield dismissed Burrell-Smith after learning of the allegations.
“He pretty much pinned it down on me and said it was my fault at the end of the day,” she said.
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