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Primary school teacher is accused of inappropriate behaviour with students

A male school teacher at a Catholic primary school located in Belize City is the subject of an allegation that has surfaced of inappropriate behaviour involving standard five female students at the school.

The Reporter has confirmed that there is such an allegation made at Saint Ignatius Primary School against the teacher, said to be in his mid-20’s. The incident in question occurred during the week prior to the close of classes

Reports are that the teacher segregated a group of female students and showed them a video, the nature of which is uncertain. During the class period, however, he reportedly made the girls sit on his lap one by one, while he touched them inappropriately.

The matter has been reported to the school’s administration.

Notably, the same school teacher was terminated a few years ago from Saint Catherine Academy (SCA) for complaints and evidence of similar behaviour against students of the all-girl high school. Back then, however, the Teaching Services Commission did not exist, hence there is no formal record against him.
The Reporter has learned that the then administration at Saint Ignatius was notified of the teacher’s termination from SCA soon after he gained employment at the school.

Efforts to get an explanation from the school as to why he was hired at the primary school were redirected to the two persons who could answer our questions, Father Amelio Chi or Sister Barbara Norales, who heads the Catholic Management. Both were unavailable when we contacted.

The Teaching Services Commission, formed a couple years ago to address inappropriate teacher behaviour, informed the Reporter that it is not aware of this latest allegation, which has to be reported by the Catholic management.

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