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A BC teacher has been reprimanded and must complete a course after showing Grade 2 and 3 students a short film that depicted sexual intercourse and suicide.
The incident happened when Amira Mounir Abraham was working as a teacher on call (TOC) in a French immersion Grade 2 and 3 class in the Coquitlam school district on May 9, 2022.
While marking an assignment, she put on a short film for the class called “Life is Beautiful” as the students were having a snack.
“The film is a nine-minute long, age-inappropriate film for the class Abraham was teaching, containing scenes depicting sexual intercourse and suicide,” reads a consent resolution agreement.
Abraham had not previously seen the film and on two occasions became aware that it was not age-appropriate, but she did not intervene and allowed it to continue playing.
On June 6, 2022, she was issued a letter of discipline by the school district, her second since 2019.
On Feb. 28, 2019, Abraham was issued a letter of reprimand following allegations that as a TOC, she had failed to adequately supervise a Kindergarten/Grade 1 class.
The school district then reached out to the BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation (BCCTR) on June 7, 2022.
“Abraham had been reprimanded previously about her lack of appropriate supervision which jeopardized the emotional wellbeing of her students. The students subjected to the inappropriate content were of a particularly vulnerable age, being in Grades 2 and 3,” reads the agreement.
The BCCTR reprimanded Abraham and ruled that she must successfully complete the 'Creating a Positive Learning Environment' course through the Justice Institute of British Columbia by the end of March 2024.
“Abraham failed to establish a positive learning environment by showing a video that was not age-appropriate and by continuing to show the video even after she was aware that it was not appropriate,” states the agreement.
The TOC has also agreed to seek guidance in the future to ensure that this incident will not be repeated.