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(Vancouver Sun) A former B.C. teacher has resigned from his job at Beijing’s Huijia Private School after Postmedia News revealed his past sexual contact with students.
Robert John Robertson was stripped of his teaching credentials last year by B.C.’s Teacher Regulation Branch, based on allegations he had sex with three students aged 15 and 16 while employed by the Richmond School Board between 1974 and 1976.
“I resigned today as a result of your article,” Robertson writes in an e-mail. “I did not need B.C. certification to teach in China! Just a degree … which I have.”
“My family has been dealing with this for years and this information was already published!” it reads. “Throwing it back into their faces has of course angered people again, but as you can see, they never had the full story! I spent 40 years righting a wrong!”

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In a statement, Robertson contends that his behaviour was influenced by “drug and alcohol induced stupidity” and that Richmond School Board officials allowed him to seek work in another district and told him “keep your nose clean.”
He resigned from his job and carried on with his teaching career in Vancouver, service he calls “exemplary.”
“The indiscretions in Richmond, to the best of my knowledge, had been dealt with by the (school board), RCMP, and Victoria,” he writes.
Robertson has been teaching at Huijia since 2011.
In announcing Robertson’s resignation, the school noted he had passed a background investigation when he was hired and has no criminal record.
A teacher background survey completed in 2017 found no issues, the school said.
Teacher discipline decisions are posted on the Teachers Regulation Branch website and international regulatory bodies for teachers are notified, according to the B.C. Ministry of Education.
No inquiries about Robertson have been received from China, the ministry said.
Robertson was employed by the Vancouver School Board from 1976 to 2006, when he was investigated for another misconduct allegation. He resigned before he could be dismissed, according to court documents.
The B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch finally stripped Robertson of his teaching credentials last year after one of his victims complained that no action had been taken against him.
“His liaisons were not secret. He used his popularity and position to attract girls, going so far as to have sex with one in his school office,” the hearing panel wrote in its decision. “His conduct was unethical and dishonest by any standard.”

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According to his online profile, Robert Robertson taught Grades 7, 8 and 9 in English, physical education and communications at Huijia and oversaw girls’ softball, soccer and volleyball.
Response to Robertson’s resignation from former students and colleagues were mixed, with some expressing support for “a good man” while others were critical.
Former student Cindy Panchuk called Robertson’s behaviour “manipulative and inappropriate,” insisting female students always wear shorts, but not the boys.
“Little things like that add up over time,” she said. “When you are an adult and look back … you know better.”

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Hopefully no child falls victim to this sex predator. How can the Beijing school not even do some background check on teachers before they are hired?  Is it because he is white, and therefore the prestigious school looks good with a white teacher?

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ceciliazhang Post time: 2017-9-3 10:09
Hopefully no child falls victim to this sex predator. How can the Beijing school not even do some ba ...

That is a malicious comment. The man has done nothing wrong, or so it appears, since he came to China, and even before he came to China, his misconduct had occurred many years before. Apparently he is a reformed ex culprit.

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Once you cross the line you should never be allowed to teach again.

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He is really not qualified for teacher post!  What a shame for him!
The most useful knowledge and skill that we are lack of is that of about human!

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