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55 March 2017 | Professionally Speaking G O V E R N I N G O U R S E LV E S HEARINGS has forfeited the privilege of holding a teaching certificate in Ontario." Member: Bruno Severino Pecile Registration No: 487643 Decision: Suspension, reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel suspended Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board teacher Bruno Severino Pecile for his failure to maintain appropriate boundaries with students. Certified to teach in July 2005, Pecile attended the June 21, 2016, hearing with his legal counsel. Between 2011 and 2013, Pecile did not maintain appropriate boundaries with students. For example: • He played an inappropriate YouTube video for a female student. The video was a parody of the film Powers of Ten that included inappropriate content that was highly sexual, pornographic, racist and violent. His intention was to have the stu- dent watch the educational film Powers of Ten. Because he had not previewed the actual video, he was not aware that the video chosen was a parody of the film. • He showed the music video by Miley Cyrus for the song Wrecking Ball on a computer in the classroom as the students were entering the class. The video con- tains nudity and sexual imagery. During the class, he discussed the Cyrus video and made comments that made a number of female students feel uncomfortable. In October 2013, he was assigned to home by the board pending an investi- gation. Two months later, he went on a medical leave. In April 2014, he resigned from the board. The Discipline Committee panel found Pecile guilty of professional mis- conduct and suspended his Certificate of Qualification and Registration for one month. He was directed to appear before the committee immediately after the hearing to receive a reprimand. He must also successfully complete, at his own expense, a course on boundary violations and professional ethics. In its decision, the panel stated, "The Committee finds that the course of instruction regarding boundary violations and professional ethics will assist in the re- habilitation of the Member, should he ever choose to return to a Teaching Position." Member: David Arthur Rosewell Registration No: 274492 Decision: Suspension, reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel suspended Upper Grand District School Board teacher David Arthur Rosewell for engaging in in- appropriate communications with students. Certified to teach in November 1997, Rosewell attended the June 21, 2016, hearing with his legal counsel. Between 2008 and 2011, Rosewell sent sexually suggestive and/or personal text messages and/or Facebook messages to current and/or former students. On some occasions, he sent the students messages while he was inebriated. For example, in one message, he inquired about what a student was doing and suggested that when she turned a cer- tain age, they would go to bars together to drink and see bands. The Discipline Committee panel found Rosewell guilty of professional miscon- duct and suspended his Certificate of Qualification and Registration for six months. He was directed to appear before the committee immediately after the hearing to receive a reprimand. He must also successfully complete, at his own expense, a course on boundary issues. The panel found that his com- ments were clearly unwelcomed by one student. Despite the fact that she repeatedly told him how inappropriate his comments were, Rosewell showed no insight into how inappropriate his behaviour was and how far it crossed student-teacher boundaries. In its decision, the panel stated, "The Member ought to understand that the power imbalance inherent in the teach- er-student relationship does not enable teachers and students to be friends. No matter how amicable the member's relationship with his students is, it is erroneous to characterize this dynamic as a friendship." Member: Marjorie Alison Steeves Registration No: 215910 Decision: Acknowledgement of resignation and undertaking A Discipline Committee panel found Marjorie Alison Steeves, a former teacher at the Upper Grand District School Board, guilty of professional misconduct following an investigation by child protec- tion services. The investigation concluded that her conduct caused a risk of harm to students in her class. Steeves, who was certified to teach in June 1984, did not attend the public hearing on September 23, 2016, but was represented by legal counsel. In 2013, she made inappropriate com- ments to students such as: • telling individual students to "buzz off"; • stating to a male student, "Get out of this room you're wasting my time"; and • saying to two female students, "Is this about work or the bathroom? If it is about the bathroom go sit down." She also engaged in inappropriate conduct, including yelling, refusing to allow students to use the bathroom, and engaging in favouritism with some students. An investigation by Dufferin Child and & Family Services revealed that Steeves's conduct caused a risk of harm to the chil- dren in her class. The board also conducted its own investigation. In 2014, she retired from her employment with the board and, in 2015, she retired from the College. Steeves agreed to resign as a member of the College, with immediate effect, and undertook to never seek reinstate- ment of her Certificate of Qualification and Registration or to ever teach again in Ontario. In its written decision, the panel stated, "The serious nature of the misconduct is underlined by the fact that child protection services investigated and found that the Member's conduct caused a risk of harm to students in her class." PS Copies of the full decisions are available at oct-oeeo.ca /uveuah.

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