A former All Saints High School teacher is facing disciplinary action for alleged professional misconduct, including inappropriate electronic communications with two female students.
Ted Erland is scheduled for a hearing with the discipline committee of the Ontario College of Teachers on June 7.
When reached by phone on Feb. 8, Erland said he couldn’t comment about the allegations and instead referred questions to his lawyer. Erland wouldn’t provide the lawyer's name.
The Catholic school board said Erland is “no longer teaching at All Saints,” but cited privacy when asked if the teacher had been terminated or suspended pending the hearing.
“We cannot provide any additional information for privacy reasons,” Mardi de Kemp, spokesperson for the board, said in an emailed response.
Erland is accused of engaging in inappropriate use of social media and electronic communication with two students, according to the notice of hearing. Around December, 2014 it is alleged he sent the following electronic communication to one of the students:
• “Please Jesus let this be nothing personal cuz my heart would be broken forever!”
• “I need to tell you something really important — can I trust you? Like not tell a soul? See me in my classroom tomorrow period one? Can you do that for a few minutes? Alone”
• “This is what I wanted to ask u: I’ve had the biggest crush on your best friend but I can’t say anything And I don’t think it matters anyway?”
Erland faces six counts of professional misconduct, including failing to maintain the standards of the profession; abusing students psychologically or emotionally; teaching while under the influence of any substance or while adversely affected by dysfunction; failing to comply with the Education Act; committing acts that “would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional”; and engaging in conduct unbecoming a member.
Potential disciplinary penalties include revoking his teaching certificate, imposing conditions, reprimanding or counselling the teacher and fining him up to $5,000.
The Catholic school board investigates whenever a complaint is received, said de Kemp. When necessary, information is shared with the Ontario College of Teachers and community partners such as Ottawa police, she said.
“We cannot comment further on a personnel matter except to say, in all of these types of cases, the board takes the complaints seriously and investigates the allegations to ensure the safety of all students,” said de Kemp.