Ontario teacher found guilty of misconduct in anti vaccination case
TORONTO — An Ontario science teacher accused of pushing anti-vaccination views, scaring students and berating a public health nurse has been found guilty of professional misconduct. An independent disciplinary committee with the Ontario College of Teachers says Timothy C. Sullivan is guilty of five acts that include abusing students psychologically or emotionally.
The college had accused Sullivan of professional misconduct for his actions on March 9, 2015, saying he shouted at a public health nurse administering vaccines at his high school and told students they could die if they take the vaccine.
Sullivan, a teacher at a high school in Waterford, Ont., denied the accusations, but admitted to leaving class once to speak with nurses and to telling one student that a side effect of one of the vaccines was death. He maintains that the students weren’t given proper information to consent to the vaccine, including information about potentially serious, but rare, side effects of the shots.
He was suspended one day without pay in April 2015 for his actions that day.
The college is seeking a penalty that includes a suspension for one month and completing an anger management course.