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Teacher reprimanded for calling Muslim student ‘Taliban’, agrees to take re-education course

Teacher reprimanded for calling Muslim student ‘Taliban’

Matthew Shaun Pell also agreed to take a course on ‘Building Cultural Intelligence’ in the workplace

CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2016 4:32 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 4:36 PM PT

Sooke math teacher Matthew Shaun Pell has been reprimanded for referring to a Muslim student as ‘Taliban’.

A Vancouver Island high school teacher has been reprimanded for repeatedly referring to a Muslim student as ‘Taliban” in front of other students.

According to a consent resolution agreement posted by B.C.’s Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Matthew Shaun Pell also made “comments such as ‘don’t make her angry otherwise she’ll bomb you’ or ‘she’s going to blow everything up.'”

The incidents happened in 2014 in Pell’s Grade 11 math class in the Sooke school district.

The student’s family background was Middle Eastern and Muslim.

“Pell’s comments made Student A and her classmates, feel very uncomfortable,” the consent resolution reads.

The Sooke district issued Pell a warning letter in May 2015. The teacher regulation branch released their decision this month.

According to the agreement, Pell admitted that his actions constituted professional misconduct.

He has also agreed to complete a course called Building Cultural Intelligence in Your Workplace by the end of June 2016. 

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