Board pays lip service

Once again the needs and well-being of a District 63 teacher supersede those of our children.

Once again the needs and well-being of a District 63 teacher supersede those of our children. I refer to the recent re-instatement of Mr. Winkler, the Grade 4 Brentwood Bay Elementary teacher who was put on paid leave in December, 2012.

He reportedly played a very inappropriate, sexually-suggestive video to his class of nine-year-old children, one of whom was my grandson. He was upset by what was taking place in his class and was asking to be excused to the washroom so he could remove himself.

This is not my first experience with attempting to have a teacher removed from this school district without success. You are paid lip service by the board and the teacher is protected by the board and the union.

And the children? They cannot escape this man’s classroom, no matter how adversely affected, unless they are removed to another school or home-schooled.

My grandson has attended Brentwood school since kindergarten and absolutely refused to return to Mr. Winkler’s class. The principal refused to move him within the school. Wake up, people. These are our children’s lives we are playing with.

To the superintendent, the principal and the teacher, shame on you. I hope you sleep well at night and with a clear conscience.

Debbie Todd

Sidney