Vancouver Island teacher reprimanded for calling Muslim student "Taliban"

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A Vancouver Island teacher is facing punishment after he admitted to repeatedly referring to a Muslim student as “Taliban,” according to a ruling from the BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.

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Grade 11 math teacher Matthew Pell, who’s employed by the Sooke School District, would also make comments like “don’t make her angry, otherwise she’ll bomb you” and “she’s going to blow everything up,” the ruling says.

The comments occurred in 2014 and Pell agreed that what he said constitutes “professional misconduct.” As a result, Pell is required to complete a course called “Building Cultural Intelligence in Your Workplace” by the end of June of 2016.

The ruling states that failure to complete the course will result in a suspension of Pell’s teaching certificate.

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