Former Mission teacher has certificate suspended

Pleaded guilty to mischief after unlawfully entering a female teacher’s home using a hidden key

A former Mission high school teacher has had his teaching certificate suspended for two school weeks by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.

The suspension took place after Michael Scott Alexander pleaded guilty to mischief after he entered a female teacher’s home without her knowledge or permission.

Alexander was originally charged in 2016 with one count of being unlawfully in a house and one count of mischief under $5,000.

According to the agreed statement of facts released this week, on April 25 and May 5, 2016, Alexander drove to the on-call female teacher’s house and opened her front gate with a hidden spare key. The report said the female teacher’s front door was unlocked.

The discipline report states that Alexander sent the female teacher a text message the day before, on May 4, asking her if she could work, but she was already assigned to another class.

On May 5, Alexander was supposed to be in a preparation block but left the school without informing anyone.

The report does not contain any information regarding why Alexander went to the house or what he was doing there.

On Aug. 23, 2017, Alexander pleaded guilty to mischief, and received a conditional discharge and two years probation. He is also barred from having any contact with the female teacher.

The charge of being unlawfully in a house was stayed.

The reports says the school district also suspended Alexander without pay until an investigation was complete. He was fired in February 2018.

His teaching certificate has been suspended for two school weeks from May 6 to 17, 2019.

To view the entire report, click here.

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