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Teacher suspended for kiss

A Kamloops middle-school teacher has been suspended after he kissed a former student's neck, according to the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation. 

A consent resolution agreement published Aug. 6 says the incident happened on Nov. 12, 2016, when Brett Wasylik went to a Kamloops restaurant for an end-of-season celebration dinner with a sports team.

The document shows that a former student of Wasylik's was working at the establishment as a hostess.

Sometime after Wasylik arrived, he went up to the former student and spoke to her about five minutes, during which time he commented on her appearance and referred to her looking "f***ing hot."

"He told her he had been awarded the most valuable player trophy, that he had recently completed the course work for a master of education degree, it was near his birthday and he was having fun that night," reads the consent resolution agreement, noting Wasylik also showed his former student a photo of him with the MVP trophy and another of a professionally-taken photo of him shirtless. Wasylik says he showed her the pictures because they were shown by his team in a slideshow for his sports team, something he was "a bit embarrassed" about.

During his conversation with the former student, Wasylik was observed standing very close to her. He also hugged her, the document states. 

A few times when he saw the former student walking by while on shift, he told her to "come here." He also told a server at the restaurant that he had been the former student's teacher. He commented to the former student that he wanted her to join the celebration with him when her shift ended.

"His conduct made the former student feel uncomfortable," says the agreement. 

Later in the evening, Wasylik noticed the former student in the hallway getting ready to leave; at that point, he offered to walk her to her car. She declined but he insisted, according to the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation. 

"The former student was uncomfortable in the situation and tried to delay leaving the restaurant, but Wasylik insisted on walking her to her car. He put his arm around her. As they were leaving, the former student used gestures to convey to a co-worker that she was uncomfortable with the situation," says the agreement.

Wasylik did end up walking her to her car, where he hugged her again. He was aware that she was uncomfortable, notes the agreement. "He said to her words to the effect of, 'I'm not going to kiss you, just your neck,' which he did."

The former student drove away and was upset by Wasylik's behaviour.

The agreement notes the restaurant manager was notified of the situation by the co-worker; as Wasylike was walking back toward the restaurant, the manager came out and told him that he was not welcome.

"Wasylik responded by saying words to the effect that the manager did not have to worry about him, because he had been her teacher. Wasylik agreed to leave the restaurant," says the agreement. 

On Nov. 28, 2016, the Kamloops-Thompson School District disciplined Wasylik by suspending him without pay for three days. He was also required to complete the Reinforcing Respectful Professional Boundaries course at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Wasylik also has to serve another two-day suspension before Oct. 31, 2019. 



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