Penticton teacher suspended

Miko McGrady will be back in a Penticton classroom later this month.

McGrady had his teaching certificate suspended for two weeks by the Teacher Regulatory Branch of the Ministry of Education.

The suspension came into effect November 3.

McGrady was handed the suspension after admitting to professional misconduct and agreeing his conduct was contrary to Standard 1.

In handing down the ruling, the Teacher Regulatory Branch stated in part:

"In August 2010, a district report advised that while employed as a secondary school teacher, Mr. McGrady made a comment about sexual orientation to an openly gay student that was inappropriate and insensitive to that student. It was also reported that Mr. McGrady would permit students in his charge to leave class during instructional time to purchase food and beverages from a nearby convenience store. When he received a notice of investigation from his employer relative to the above-noted misconduct, Mr. McGrady shared the notice with several of his students and held a discussion with them about it."

With respect to the comment concerning sexual orientation, McGrady says the phrase used was not motivated by homophobic intentions nor was it designed to be hurtful to the student in question.

He did acknowledge the comment was insensitive and should not have been made under any circumstances.

A citation was issued in May, 2011 and, on October 30, 2012, the Commissioner executed the consent resolution agreement in which McGrady agreed to the two week suspension of his certificate of qualification.

McGrady was a French Immersion teacher at Penticton Secondary at the time of the incidents.

He is currently listed as a grade 7 French Immersion teacher at KVR Middle School in Penticton.

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