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B.C. teacher suspended for showing autistic student a knife and telling her to 'erase' her life with it

The Province logo The Province 2015-09-23 SAM COOPER
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A former North Vancouver independent school principal has been suspended for two months after admitting to joking about being a pedophile in class and holding a pocket knife up to an autistic student and telling her to “erase your life.”

Gerard MacIntosh admitted to several bizarre incidents of professional misconduct while teaching Grade 8 students at the unnamed school during the 2013-14 year, according to a Teacher Regulation Branch discipline agreement.

In one incident, MacIntosh admitted he badly upset a girl who had been diagnosed with autism when she asked him for an eraser in class.

He held out a pocket knife in front of a group of students and told the girl, “Here, use this to erase your life.”

In another case a student asked MacIntosh if he would be wearing a costume for a Halloween party at the school.

MacIntosh responded that he was already in costume as a pedophile, his discipline agreement states.

In a third incident, when his Grade 8 class was to visit a class of Grade 11s, MacIntosh told students in the older class he would bet “five dollars” that a specific Grade 8 student would probably “say something stupid like ‘how do you get laid in Grade 9’?”

A colleague at the school reported MacIntosh to the Teacher Regulation Branch in May 2014, and he was placed on paid leave. He was issued a discipline letter by the school and ceased to be principal.

During the leave he told some parents he was away because of students in his class, and he told some of his students he was away because of the autistic female student he had told to “erase your life.”

MacIntosh resigned from the school last December. His teaching certificate has been suspended from Sept. 21 to Nov. 21, 2015, under the terms of his discipline agreement.

While his former school is not named, documents online connect MacIntosh to the Vancouver Waldorf School in North Vancouver.

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