Inappropriate conduct sees Hamilton teacher deregistered

  • 22/07/2016
Aberdeen School (Google Maps)
Aberdeen School (Google Maps)

A Hamilton teacher has been deregistered after defying warnings against inappropriate conduct with his students.

Staff and parents at Aberdeen School in Hamilton complained as early as 2007 that Colin Shannon was overly-familiar with students.

The New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal heard allegations that he kissed a child on the forehead and that he was found with girls' hands in his pockets on more than one occasion.

In 2011 Mr Shannon was ordered to be supervised in his classroom for at least two years and that a final warning remain in his file until a review in September 2016.

His classroom was also rearranged so he was visible at all times, he was removed from playground duties and not permitted to be with any fewer than three students.

But the tribunal found complaints continued, including an allegation from a former parent at the school that Mr Shannon made their daughter sit on his knee during class time.

Mr Shannon said it was the students who sat close to him and while he felt uncomfortable there was nowhere else for him to sit.

The tribunal ordered he be deregistered as a teacher and pay more than $2300 in costs.