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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  • In Vino Veritas

    One of the main reasons teachers are offending at record rates in Otago is poverty, surely? Its blamed for everything in Otara.

  • Morrissey

    Obviously neither this comedian, nor whoever wrote his dire script for him, has ever been a teacher.

    • Dion

      It’s called comedy, Morrissey – you’re meant to laugh.

  • rightoverlabour

    Nah, holidays are too short….

  • williamabong

    Nothing to do with the number of crimes being committed, more the number of them getting caught, the less sharp amongst them are obviously getting pounded by the sheriff.

  • disqus_K1SDD0u4pL

    Their maths is at the level I expect from teachers – less than 0.01% of 100,000 is less than 10 and the article mentions a lot more than 10 convictions.

  • parorchestia

    They are crims? But OK, they are registered. That’s alright then.