A Kamloops middle school teacher who kissed a former student without her permission and who showed her shirtless photos of himself has been suspended by the B.C.’s Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.
Brett Edward Wasylik, who taught at Brock Middle School last year, attended a Nov. 12, 2016, celebration dinner with a sports team at a Kamloops restaurant, where he noticed a former student working as a hostess.
According to a consent resolution agreement issued this month by the commissioner, Wasylik told the former student, who was not named, that she was looking “f—ing hot.”
He then showed her two photos on his cellphone — one of him with a most valuable player trophy and another, a professionally taken photo of him shirtless — while he was observed by others to be standing very close to the former student. He also hugged her.
Wasylik said he showed her the photos because he was “a bit embarrassed” by them.
While having dinner on the patio, Wasylik called out to his former student twice — telling her to “come here” — when she walked by and asked her to join the celebration when she was finished her shift.
He also told another server at the restaurant that he had been the former student’s teacher.
“His conduct made the former student feel uncomfortable,” the agreement states.
When the former student’s shift ended, she declined Wasylik’s offer to walk her to her car, but Wasylik insisted and put his arm around her.
The former student gestured to a co-worker to indicate she was uncomfortable with the situation. As the former student was about to get into her car, Wasylik told her, “I’m not going to kiss you, just your neck,” which he did. She then drove away and, noted the commissioner, was upset by Wasylik’s behavior.
The restaurant manager then told Wasylik that he was not welcome in the restaurant.
“Wasylik responded by saying words to the effect that the manager did not have to worry about him because he had been her teacher. Wasylik agreed to leave the restaurant,” the commissioner said in the resolution agreement.
“Wasylik was persistent in continuing his conduct towards the former student when it should have been apparent to him that it was unwelcome, and then insisted on accompanying her to a private setting where he initiated physical contact with her.”
In an agreed statement of facts issued by the commissioner, Wasylik admitted his conduct was unbecoming and contrary to the Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in British Columbia.
He accepted a two-day suspension of his certificate of qualification, which is to be served before Oct. 31. Wasylik previously served a three-day suspension from School District 73 in November 2016 for the same incident and was required to complete the Reinforcing Respectful Professional Boundaries course at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
Wasylik obtained his master of education degree from Thompson Rivers University in 2017 and has been a teacher since 2001.