Langley teacher disciplined for using force on students

Decision released by BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation

A Langley elementary school teacher was suspended without pay for one week after she grabbed a disruptive six-year-old by the shirt, then grabbed the student and another boy by the wrists to remove them from the class, yelled at one of them and told her class of Grade One and Two students that it was “the worst class she had ever had.”

Chandra Leanne Carlson was reprimanded and cited for professional misconduct by the BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation over the Feb. 6, 2013 incident at Belmont Elementary School.

The written consent agreement between Carlson and the commissioner was posted online in late December.

It says that when Carlson grabbed the disruptive student by the shirt she “pulled the student with sufficient force that it caused him to surge forward and lose his balance, although he did not fall.”

It says that when she removed the two unnamed students from the class, the “force with which she held the wrists of Students A and B hurt them,” and that she “leaned very close to the face of Student B, when he was seated at his desk and used a loud voice to speak to him, which scared Student B.”

Carlson returned to work following her suspension under a number of conditions including developing “effective classroom management strategies” and her promise to “refrain from making physical contact with students in order to gain their compliance with directions and rules” and to “refrain from yelling at, and making belittling comments to students.”

Under the terms of the consent agreement, Carlson is forbidden from making any statement “orally or in writing which contradicts, disputes or calls into question the terms of this agreement or the admissions made in it.”

Langley Times

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