Langley teacher ‘removed’ school gym equipment for own business
Langley Secondary School gym teacher Murray Howes, seen lifting, is being punished after furnishing his businesses’ gym with school fitness equipment. Howes also used the school’s website to advertise his business. (SCREEN GRAB CAMPUSCROSSFIT.COM)
The B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation has punished a Langley teacher for using school gym equipment for a private business venture.
Murray Howes, a physical education teacher at Langley Secondary School, was reprimanded and suspended for two days without pay for using the school’s weight room equipment at his own fitness business.
According to the statement from the commissioner, in 2003 Howes began teaching a “crossfit” program at the school, and in 2012 the school required him to start a rental agreement for use of the facility.
He then rented the weight room in July of that year, but didn’t pay the school the rent after he was invoiced until an investigation was launched in September.
According to the statement, he then opened his own business called Campus Crossfit.
“As equipment for his new business had not yet arrived, Howes removed equipment that he needed for Campus Crossfit from the school’s weight room,” reads the statement. “He had no authorization to do so.”
The equipment Howes borrowed from the school weight room included a timer, weightlifting bars and step-up boxes.
He also used the school’s website to advertise the business by using a hyperlink to the Campus Crossfit website on his page.
“He removed the link the day after he received notice of investigation from the district,” said the statement.
According to the statement, Howes will be suspended for two weeks in September 2014 for calling in sick after being denied leave to judge a fitness competition.
The BCCTR wouldn’t comment further on the case and attempts to contact Howes were not returned.
But according to the agreement, Howes agreed not to talk about the case or dispute the events the way they are described in the statement.