Qualicum teacher fires back

A Qualicum teacher who was fired over allegations of rape and torture – eventually found to come from the TV show Law Order: Special Victims Unit – has fired back in civil court.

He’s now suing the independent investigator hired by School District 69 whose report allegedly resulted in his dismissal and tarnished reputation.

On Feb. 17, the male teacher filed a notice of civil claim with the Supreme Court of B.C. to sue a Victoria lawyer and investigator for negligence and defamation in repeating the allegations, which led to his being fired.

The investigator was hired by School District 69 in Nov. 2012 to investigate claims of a female student that the teacher had allegedly abused her in horrific, sadistic sexual ways.

Much of the story comes to light through labour arbitrator Joan McEwen’s 78-page report in response to the teacher’s grievance through the B.C. Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) over the loss of his job.

The McEwen report concludes “that the employer has failed to meet its burden of proof; the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that the teacher is the victim of false allegations.”