20-year high in criminal acts by teachers, but at least they were registered

Teachers are committing more and more crimes and in Otago at least their offending rates are at a 20 year high.

Still, the kids will be safe because they are all registered:

Violence, careless driving causing death or injury, excess blood-alcohol while driving, and driving while impaired have left 11 teachers with criminal convictions in Otago during 2012 – the highest number for more than 20 years.

The previous high was in 2010 when eight teachers received convictions on pornography, dishonesty or alcohol and drug charges.

Since 1992, 46 Otago teachers received convictions for crimes covering dangerous driving causing death or injury, drugs, alcohol, violence, pornography and sexual offending. 

Figures released by the New Zealand Teachers’ Council under the Official Information Act revealed the 2012 total alone made up almost a quarter of the convictions recorded against teachers in the past 20 years.

New Zealand Teachers’ Council director Peter Lind said the information provided related to teachers in Otago at the time the offences leading to the convictions were committed.”

Please note, these teachers may no longer be teaching in the region, or be teaching at all.”

Sure, they may not be teaching now, but they were, back then, and they were registered. But the chances of them still teaching is high, because even hiring a hitman to whack your boss doesn’t get you struck off.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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