On­tario teacher found guilty of mis­con­duct in anti vac­ci­na­tion case

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA / WORLD -

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.

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