B.C. teacher disciplined for horseplay
A B.C. teacher has been told to get counselling to improve his classroom behaviour. (FOTOLIA)
A B.C. teacher who took play fighting too far will now have to take counselling at his own cost or have his teaching certificate suspended.
The horseplay Richard Payne admitted to included breaking a metre stick over a student’s back, dumping another out of his chair, and “poking” or “tasering” young girls on their sides.
The most recent incident occurred in January this year when Payne, a high school teacher in the Peace River South district, grabbed a Grade 8 female student by the face and blew on her nose.
Several years before that, he “dumped a student out of his chair” and then engaged in a mock fight, which included hitting the student in the arm.
“On Oct. 19, 2011, he was issued a letter of reprimand following allegations that he had broken a metre stick over a student’s back,” according to the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch.
“Payne did not deny that this occurred, but described the incident as ‘joking around.’”
Payne also admitted to incidents of inappropriate physical contact with female students, including poking, mock tasering and hugging a student.