Registered and selling drugs at pre-school

The teacher unions and their proxies in parliament, the Green party and the Labour party, all oppose charter schools. The one main issue they have is that there is no requirement for all teachers at charter schools to be registered.

Apparently registration is there to protect the kids.

Yet there isn’t a day that goes by where one registered teacher or another is hauled before the courts or the Teachers Tribunal for a range of offences.

The latest is two registered drug dealing pre-school teachers.

A “one-off” drug deal at a Wanaka preschool has resulted in two teachers having their registrations torn up.

Wanaka early childhood teachers Catherine Ngaire Williamson and Gemma Ward were deregistered by the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal and censured for serious misconduct after Ecstasy changed hands at Oanaka EduCare in the resort town.

In November last year, Ms Williamson took to the preschool three Ecstasy tablets, which were bought by Ms Ward.

Oanaka EduCare owner Sandie Dodds said she felt the right decision was made.

“I don’t think there’s any room for any teacher to have drugs at an early childhood centre,” she said.

There is no such thing as a one off drug deal.

“The simple fact of the matter is that this teacher has made a conscious decision to sell a Class B drug to a colleague at the preschool.

“Dealing in drugs is something which is universally prohibited for students in schools … The public and the profession are entitled to expect that the same rule should apply to teachers whose responsibilities include enforcing such rules.”

Ms Williamson had told the complaints assessment committee of the New Zealand Teachers Council that she would “frequently find myself crying at the end of the day” because of the bullying she alleged she suffered at the hands of a superior.

She was befriended by Ms Ward and asked to supply her with drugs, she told the committee.

“Given Gemma’s kindness and her support in the workplace, I felt I needed to repay her,” she said.

“This was the motivation behind this supply, although I accept it was a very serious error of judgment on my part.”

Cry me a river tears…what about the kids?


– Otago Daily Times

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