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Coach Who Called Students 'Dumbasses' Reprimanded

07/17/2014 05:13 EDT | Updated 07/18/2014 10:59 EDT

An anger-prone gym instructor and an elementary school teacher who brought a knife to class have been reprimanded by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch.

David John MacDonald, who coached Grade 7 boys basketball at Summit Middle School in Coquitlam, called his players "dumbasses," referred to short students as "midgets," and told the team to "get their fingers out of their asses," according to a discipline decision.

The incidents during the 2012/13 school year led to a two-day suspension without pay, and a requirement to take a six-week anger management course and counselling with a psychologist.

This was not his first reprimand; in 2010, he was cited for yelling and using derogatory and profane language with a student.

In the second case, Theo Sean Mallinson, who taught Grades 1 and 2 in Surrey, was disciplined for several incidents of inappropriate interactions with students.

In January, he lost his temper and lifted the back of a student's chair, causing her to fall to the ground at Port Kells Elementary.

More than once, he brought a Swiss army knife to class — breaking school policy — and showed it to a student. The six-year-old later took the knife when Mallinson wasn't looking and used it to cut an apple, as well as some toilet paper in the bathroom.

When the school principal confronted Mallinson, he replied in a "profane, disrespectful, and inappropriate manner," said a consent resolution agreement posted on the regulation branch's website.

Mallinson was also found to have engaged in a range of "inappropriate" interactions with intermediate students including rough housing, play fighting, and wrestling.

He resigned from the school district in April. His teaching licence has been suspended for three months, starting this fall.

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