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B.C. teacher reprimanded after talking about Pickton, prostitution and murder with Grade 6/7 class

A B.C. teacher told his Grade 6/7 music class about serial killer Robert Pickton, adding the details that Pickton lured prostitutes to his property, killed them and fed them to pigs.

According to the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Tracy Joseph Fairley went on to warn the students that if they hitchhiked there was a chance they would be killed by a serial killer, told them how he watched a teenager drown to death in Hawaii and explained how he had been scammed by a woman in a bar.

Fairley’s bizarre teaching practises have been revealed in a disciplinary ruling by the commissioner.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Fairley has been a teacher since 1984 and was working as a teacher-on-call in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district when the incident occurred on Jan. 8, 2018.

Fairley had recounted a story of himself being in a bar when a “beautiful woman” asked him to buy her a drink. The drink turned out to be very expensive and when he said he wouldn’t pay he was not allowed to leave until he paid. He told the students, who were aged 11 and 12, that is was a common scam played on drunk male customers.

Further, and in another incident, Fairley was teaching a Grade 5 music class where students were playing marimbas. Fairley videoed them playing, saying he was going to pass the video on to a music producer and they would all get copies. He was not given permission to make the recordings and they were never shared with a music producer. Instead, they were shown to his wife.

He resigned from the school district on April 23, 2018.

On May 5, 2018, the district made a complaint about Fairley to the commissioner, based on those incidents.

According to the disposition, Fairley lacked insight into his conduct, misled his students and spoke about inappropriate subjects.

Fairley was reprimanded by the commissioner for his actions.

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