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Former teacher facing disciplinary hearing with Ontario College

Female educator at Whitby school said to have had inappropriate relationship with male student

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

A former Durham Region teacher is facing a hearing to determine whether she acted inappropriately with a student.

According to a notice from the Ontario Colleges of Teachers, the accusations took place at a Whitby school between July 2015 and March 2016.

The age and identity of the male student, as well as the school, are not included in the notice.

It is alleged the female teacher engaged in an “inappropriate personal relationship” with the student during that time.

Some specific allegations against the teacher include driving the student to school, meeting with him outside of school hours, giving gifts, and presenting the boy with notes professing “I love you.”

It is also believed the teacher engaged in physical contact with the student, including but not limited to kissing him on the cheek, hugging and playing with his hair.

The accused was terminated by the Durham District School Board on Sept. 28, 2016.

The hearing is set for Wednesday, March 20 before the Ontario College of Teachers disciplinary hearing committee.

If the accused is found guilty of professional misconduct, she will face penalties under the Ontario College of Teachers Act.

The allegations made in this case have yet to be proven.