Shop teacher gets suspension for insulting, threatening students

A Prince George shop teacher has received a two-day suspension of his teaching certificate for repeatedly insulting one student and threatening to "beat" another last school year.

Christopher Gravenor agreed his actions constituted "professional misconduct" in a decision issued by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation Dec. 10.

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He was suspended Dec. 17 and 18 for various incidents, which occurred in the 2014 to 2015 school year.

This is the fifth time since 1999 Gravenor has been disciplined by the district for inappropriate behaviour.

The commissioner's summary said throughout the school year Gravenor "made demeaning comments" to and about a student.

In one case, Gravenor smashed the student's woodworking project on the table in front of him because it "was not properly done."

The summary reports Gravenor said that same student "doesn't look very bright," "has no socially redeeming qualities," and "(Y)ou must have fallen on your head one too many times."

With two different students, Gravenor overheard the first swear at the second.

Gravenor told that student not to bug the second student "or I'm going to beat you." When the student laughed, Gravenor responded: "You think I'm joking?"

In addition to the commissioner's suspension, School District 57 suspended Gravenor one day without pay on June 25, 2015.

On Sept. 4, the district filed a report with the commissioner regarding the incidents.

Three years ago, in February 2013, Gravenor got a letter of discipline for his use of sarcasm, teasing and pushups "as tools for classroom management."

He was also reprimanded for comments to a student "which made (the student) feel stupid."

In November 2004, he received a three-day suspension without pay for kicking a Grade 9 girl in the rear end.

In May 2001, he was suspended one month without pay and required to complete classroom management and anger management courses.

In May 1999, the district wrote a letter of discipline for his use of profanity in the classroom and because Gravenor "had hit students on their heads."

Gravenor became a certified teacher in 1995.

He agreed all of the facts laid out in the commissioner's summary were true and that his conduct with the first student "constitutes professional misconduct."

As part of the agreement, Gravenor said he would not make any statement that "contradicts, disputes, or calls into question" any aspect of the report.

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