Teacher struck off for sex with boy

The Napier Mail - - CONVERSATIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

A fe­male English teacher who had sex with a 16-year-old stu­dent has been struck off the teacher’s reg­is­ter.

The Hast­ing Boys’ High teacher ‘‘can­didly’’ ad­mit­ted the sex­ual re­la­tion­ship in June 2017. She was im­me­di­ately stood down and later re­signed.

She had her reg­is­tra­tion can­celled by the Teacher’s Dis­ci­plinary Tri­bunal in a de­ci­sion re­leased on Thurs­day.

The tri­bunal did not pub­lish de­tails of the sex­ual re­la­tion- ship. Names sup­pressed.

Prin­ci­pal Rob Sturch re­ceived screen­shots of text mes­sages sent be­tween the teacher and the Year 12 stu­dent on June 23, 2017. The mes­sages were con­sid­ered sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive.

He ap­proached the teacher on the same day. When con­fronted, the teacher ad­mit­ted she was ‘‘stupid’’ and had ‘‘let ev­ery­one down’’.

’’[Teacher E] can­didly ad­mit­ted the na­ture of her re­la­tion­ship with Stu­dent A and did not have been re­sist the con­clu­sion that can­cel­la­tion of her reg­is­tra­tion to teach is in­evitable.’’

She was im­me­di­ately stood down, and a manda­tory re­port was filed with the Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil. The teacher then re­signed, and fully co­op­er­ated with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The tri­bunal said the in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship met the thresh­old of se­ri­ous mis­con­duct.

The teacher was pe­nalised $2226.11, for the can­celled reg­is­tra­tion and to con­trib­ute to the costs of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and tri­bunal.

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Pit­bulls are one of five breeds au­to­mat­i­cally clas­si­fied as men­ac­ing in New Zealand. They re­ceive the clas­si­fi­ca­tion re­gard­less of their be­hav­iour.

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