Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ontario College of Teachers watching McLaren case

The organization governing Ontario teachers cannot yet comment on any investigation into criminal charges against a Belleville-area teacher but is monitoring the case, a spokeswoman says.

“I cannot tell you if there is an investigation (by the college) or not, because at this point, by law, I cannot confirm or deny,” Ontario College of Teachers spokeswoman Gabrielle Barkany said.

However, she said, college officials are aware of the criminal case against Jaclyn McLaren, 36, of Stirling. She faces 36 charges, including sexual assault, related to minors.

“Because it's a matter related to an employer and employee, the school board already took action with that teacher. The teacher is not in the classroom anymore,” Barkany said.

If the college investigates, she said, no results would likely be announced until after court proceedings end.

Barkany said the court and college processes are separate.

“For us it would be to determine – in terms of professional misconduct – what will happen to that teacher.”

Like the courts, she said, the college operates by presuming the person is innocent unless proven otherwise.  (more...)

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  1. The Ontario College of Teachers does not investigate most of their cases submitted by parents. The College of Teachers are known to cover up all most all of their cases such as this one. Please don't just repeat their public relations garbage. Check their track record. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2011/09/29/bad_teachers_ontarios_secret_list.html

  2. http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/why-its-so-hard-to-fire-bad-teachers/

  3. Here-today: Good observation. I've supplemented the list of background articles.