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Former Surrey teacher who brought knife to school suspended for 3 months

A former Surrey teacher who brought his Swiss army knife to school and showed it to a kindergarten student has been disciplined by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch.

According to a recent consent resolution agreement posted online by the branch, Theo Sean Mallinson showed a six-year-old child his knife, which he had brought to Port Kells Elementary school contrary to district policy.

On two occasions, the teacher showed the child how the knife's screwdriver could be used to remove a screw from a door hinge in the classroom. In late January, the student took the knife when Mallinson wasn't looking and used it to cut an apple and to cut toilet paper in the bathroom.

When the principal confronted Mallinson about the matter, he spoke to her in a "profane, disrespectful and inappropriate" way in a common office area during instructional time.

On another occasion, he lost his temper with a student, one time lifting the back of her chair, causing her to fall on the floor, and another time, when she was crying, taking an education assistant's hands and placing them on the student's shoulders, saying she was "allowed to touch" the child, even though she was not a threat to herself or others at the time.

The agreement adds that over the years, Mallinson engaged in a range of inappropriate interactions with older elementary school students, including play fighting, wrestling and putting his fists up as if to invite punching.

In April, Mallinson handed his resignation to the Surrey School District.

The provincial regulation branch suspended his teaching certificate for three months for professional misconduct, barring him from teaching in any B.C. school district from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30.

 

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