SD68 teacher suspended for physically restraining 5-year-old girl

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 26, 2018 - 11:07am

A teacher in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith district was suspended two days after she "took hold" of a student's arms.The Canadian Press

NANAIMO — A Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools teacher was suspended for two days without pay for physically restraining a five-year-old girl.

A ruling released by the Ministry of Education's Teacher Regulation Branch said Debbie Lynne Bourne "took hold" of the girl's arms while teaching a music class at an unnamed school in September 2017. The ruling said Bourne restrained the girl because she did not follow directions to leave her classmates alone.

"Student A did not pose an imminent danger of serious physical harm to herself or others," the ruling said, noting the action was not in line with the province's guidelines for physical restraint.

The girl began to cry in reaction to the incident, the ruling said.

District 68 suspended Bourne, a teacher-on-call, for two days without pay in November 2017 and forwarded a report to the commissioner for teacher regulation.

The commissioner's ruling means Bourne admitted to the facts of the incident, agreed her conduct "constitutes professional misconduct," and was issued a formal reprimand.


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