Teacher struck off for sex with boy
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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