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Vancouver teacher suspended for kissing game

By Jane Deacon

A Vancouver teacher has been suspended by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.
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A Vancouver teacher has been suspended by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation. (FOTOLIA)

A Vancouver-area teacher disciplined multiple times for inappropriate behaviour — including playing a Valentine’s “kissing game” with students — had her teaching certificate suspended in a recent decision from the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.

 

Between 2008 and 2010, Chung Yuk Ma — then a teacher at Vancouver’s Dr. George M. Weir Elementary School — received three short suspensions, issued for inappropriate physical actions, teaching Grade 3 students a Lady Gaga song with sexually suggestive content and playing a “kissing game” with children, according to the decision. In the Valentine’s incident, Ma dressed as cupid and shot children with her cupid’s arrow, requiring the child to kiss her or vice versa.

In November 2010, Ma was observed sitting with two Grade 4 students on her lap, “bouncing them up and down on her knee for approximately one minute.”

The following month, Ma went on medical leave and has not taught since.

The school district made a report regarding Ma a year later and terminated her employment.

In the most recent decision, the commissioner suspended Ma’s teaching certificate until she can satisfy Director of Certification requirements that she is able to carry out professional duties. 

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