Teacher suggests threesome with students

NICOLE PRYOR
Last updated 11:31 13/11/2013

Relevant offers

A female teacher, who suggested a threesome with two gay male students, has been charged with serious misconduct.

In a decision released today, the New Zealand Teachers Council disciplinary tribunal suspended her practising certificate, as well as requiring her to tell any future employer about the decision.

At any new job, she would also have to arrange a guidance programme, to be held by another teacher, to establish professional boundaries between teachers and students.

The teacher, whose name was suppressed, invited a family friend's son to board with her, after she split from her husband.

The boarder, who she knew was going to be a year 13 student at the school where she taught, moved in with her in 2010 before the school year started.

They communicated over Skype and text messaging, when she said things such as: "Oh I love you and care about you, and I'll see you after school".

After he moved in, she said she hugged and kissed him frequently.

Though she realised it was inappropriate now, at the time she was trying to treat him the same way she treated her own children, she said.

Because the only television in the house was in her room, the whole family would often watch from her bed.

On one occasion, her boarder and his boyfriend were watching television, and she made a comment about the three of them engaging in a threesome.

Again, she said this was a result of her was treating him as her own child, and there was nothing romantic or sexual involved.

The boarder's boyfriend visited the house often, and was privy to personal information about her life.

She had a picture on her phone of her giving oral sex to her former husband, which was able to be seen, and was seen, by both boys.

She said she had allowed him to use her phone, and they came across it by accident.

The teacher accepts she was engaging in serious misconduct, and says she was "professionally naïve to allow a student to live with me and enrol at the school where I was teaching."

She said she had made mistakes, and would not make them again.

"I would like to continue teaching," she said.

"My CV, ERO reports and appraisals show that I am a highly-effective classroom practitioner."

She said she had a great depth of knowledge and skill to contribute to the education sector. 

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

What do you make of the proposed conference centre/hotel for Wellington?

Great - a big boost for the local economy

Nice - one of many projects needed

Argh - a white elephant in the making

First priority should be airport runway extension

Not sure at all

Vote Result

Related story: Convention centre to get OK

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content