Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Board, Former Teacher Await Judge's Decision

A judge has reserved decision regarding a dispute between the South Shore Regional School Board and a former teacher. Representatives for the two sides were in Supreme Court in Halifax Tuesday for a judicial review. The board fired New Germany Elementary teacher Peter Speight after he pleaded guilty to committing an indecent act in 2009. The court issued a conditional discharge, but Speight was fired by the local school board because they felt his actions were inappropriate. The board's communications manager, Trish Smith, says they have to protect the interests of students and staff.

An appeal board found Speight was sorry for his actions and was a low risk to reoffend after receiving therapy. However, the school board feels Speight's dismissal should be upheld because his employment would diminish public trust.