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Ex-Surrey teacher gets eight-month suspension

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver



A former Surrey teacher who referred to young girls with the derogatory term “LG” and one time said anyone wearing pink shorts gets a “10” in a female gym class, has been suspended from teaching through April 2015.

According to a recent decision from the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch, the disciplinary action taken against Lennard Ray Nikolai is the second time he’d gotten in trouble as a Surrey teacher on-call.

He was suspended for four months without pay from December 2012 to April 2013 for swearing, picking up and forcing a student against the wall by the shirt, and for keeping confiscated replica weapons in his office.

But just days after coming back to work, the branch said Nikolai then decided to act inappropriately in a Grade 9 girls physical education class.

“(He) told the students they would get a higher P.E. participation mark if they also played rugby or football, and when a student said she played a different kind of football, (he) asked her whether she played lingerie football,” the branch said.

In one instance, he excercised by himself and didn’t give any instruction to the class. On another occasion, he “appeared to be asleep” — eyes closed, leaning back in his chair with legs extended — during a guest speaker’s presentation.

Nikolai has resigned from Surrey effective June 29, 2013.


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