What does he have to hide?

A formerly registered teacher won’t let anyone into the school’s laptop he has encrypted…I wonder why?

A former teacher accused of serious misconduct refused to open his fingerprint encrypted school laptop, despite investigators saying it was the best way to dismiss allegations of inappropriate conduct with students.

The man’s teaching was called into question for inappropriate conduct with boys ? he received multiple warnings about letting students get too physically close, and there were reports of him favouring a certain student and adding others as Facebook friends.

The man worked in a rural Waikato school from late 2007 to early 2014, mostly with seven and eight-year-olds.

He also had IT responsibilities.

He has not been teaching since about March 2014 but appeared before the NZ Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

The majority of concerns about his behaviour were from 2010 to early 2014, and included observations of a student stroking the teacher’s hair and one resting his legs on the teacher’s legs.

One parent felt their child had developed a “sense of entitlement” after being treated as a teacher favourite. ?

The teacher had received formal warnings, support and been through mediation before the tribunal.

The school laptop was meant to be part of the investigation but even police could not get into it using the password provided, Complaints Assessment Committee counsel Gaeline Phipps said.

Encryption was high so there were worries that trying to bypass the fingerprint access could wipe the hard drive.

The teacher refused Phipps’ requests to provide his fingerprint at the hearing, which she said could mean he was hiding something highly objectionable.

The teacher, who represented himself, said he had swapped to using the password as it was more reliable, and he didn’t know how to respond to Phipps’ inference.

“I’ve given the password over,” he said. “I’m not touching the laptop.”

Phipps asked him what he was afraid of and the teacher said he was worried about bank account and credit card details, family photos and files which could have been transferred when he used the laptop to fix other people’s computers.

The refusal disappointed tribunal member Susan Ngarimu, who said there had been veiled innuendo about grooming in some of the cross examination.

“You won’t take one simple step to swipe your finger mark to remove all of that innuendo,” she said.

“I’m just wondering why … if you want to remain in the profession.”

Sounds like there is much to hide. An innocent party would hand over their systems to a reasonable request like I did when the Police asked for my computers.

This guy should not be teaching, or anywhere near children.

Of course there is silence from the Labour Party about this…imagine the outcry if he taught at a charter school.


– Fairfax