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Teacher found with meth censured

Last updated 12:35 05/06/2014

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A former teacher convicted for possession of methamphetamine has had her registration cancelled by the New Zealand Teachers Council.

The woman was convicted in the North Shore District Court in February last year, and the council was informed of the convictions shortly afterwards, the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal said in a decision released today.

Her teaching certificate had expired in January 2012.

The court heard the teacher had been stopped while driving and found to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

A small ziplock bag containing about a gram of methamphetamine as well as a glass pipe were found at her property.

The woman told the tribunal she did not report her conviction to the teacher's council because her registration had lapsed and she was not working as a teacher at the time.

She said in a statement last year that she felt remorse for her actions and had taken steps to rehabilitate herself.

The tribunal said in its decision that methamphetamine was a "scourge in our society" and teachers had an obligation to model appropriate behaviour.

It said that despite the woman's expressions of remorse, she had shown no sign of a desire to return to the classroom.

The tribunal decided to censure the woman and cancel her registration.

No costs arose from the decision.

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