January 29, 2016 1:55 pm

B.C. teacher disciplined for calling student Taliban


VANCOUVER – A Vancouver Island high school teacher has been disciplined for referring to a Muslim student as Taliban.

A ruling from the British Columbia Commissioner for Teacher Regulation says Sooke Grade 11 math teacher Matthew Pell repeatedly singled out the student in the fall of 2014.

The ruling says Pell admitted to referring to the teen as “Taliban” and also told the class “don’t make her angry, otherwise she will bomb you.”

He agreed the comments amount to professional misconduct.

Pell received a written warning from the Sooke School District in May and has now been reprimanded and ordered to complete a cultural sensitivity course by June.

The ruling says failure to complete the course could result in the loss of Pell’s teaching certificate.

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