February 17, 2016 8:07 pm
Updated: February 17, 2016 8:52 pm

Shuswap teacher suspended for third time

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A North Okanagan-Shuswap School District (SD 83) teacher will have to serve a suspension after he used inappropriate language in class and failed to comply with safety regulations.

Karl Emde has been given a five-day suspension, his third suspension since 2014.

While teaching a Grade 8 Material Explorations class in February 2014, Emde allowed one of his students to operate a sander without the appropriate safety training and wearing unsafe attire.

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The Grade 8 girl had long hair which wasn’t tied back and was wearing a scarf while operating the machine. She was subsequently injured after her scarf got stuck in the sander.

Emde was issued a two-day suspension without pay in March 2014.

BC Teacher Regulation Branch documentation shows this isn’t the first incident of this nature to happen in Emde’s class.

“At least one other student in the class had been allowed to use the sander before receiving safety training,” according to the discipline outcome report.

Emde also admitted to using inappropriate language in his Grade 6/7 class in the 2013/2014 school year, including ‘shit’ and ‘damn’ and also calling students ‘idiot’ and ‘dumbass.’

In October 2014 he was issued a four-day suspension without pay for his inappropriate behaviour.

He also sent written apology letters to two students and took a boundaries course offered by the BC Teachers Federation.

Emde has also been reprimanded four times for other incidents between 2007 and 2013.

– With files from Megan Turcato

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