B.C. teacher who hit on former student suspended

Former teacher told restaurant server she looked “f---ing hot”

A Kamloops teacher who made unwelcome sexual comments to a former student working in a restaurant has received a two-day suspension from the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.

A commissioner’s decision said on the evening of Nov.12, 2016, Brett Edward Wasylik went to a Kamloops restaurant for an end-of-season sports team celebration dinner.

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A hostess working at the restaurant was one of Wasylik’s former students.

He went up to the woman and spoke to her for about five minutes, during which time he commented on her appearance and referred to her looking “f---ing hot.”

During the conversation he also showed the woman two photos from his phone. One photo was of him with the most valuable player trophy and the other was a professionally taken photo of him shirtless.

The Aug. 6 decision said during this conversation, Wasylik was observed to be standing very close to the woman, whom he also hugged.

He also called to her to “come here” several times, the decision said.

He also told her she should join the celebration when her shift ended.

“His conduct made the former student feel uncomfortable,” the decision said.

As she was preparing to leave work, Wasylik offered to walk her to her car. She declined his offer but he insisted. She tried to delay leaving but he insisted, putting his arm around her.

“He said to her words to the effect of, ‘I’m not going to kiss you, just your neck,’ which he did,” the decision said.

When challenged by a manager, Wasylik responded by saying words to the effect that the manager did not have to worry about him, because he had been her teacher.

On Nov. 28, 2016, the school district disciplined Wasylik by suspending him without pay for three days and required him to complete the course Reinforcing Respectful Professional Boundaries at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He has completed the course.

Wasylik has admitted to the conduct, the decision said.

“Wasylik was persistent in continuing his conduct towards the former student when it should have been apparent to him that it was unwelcome, and then insisted on accompanying her to a private setting where he initiated physical contact with her,” the decision said.

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