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A Greater Victoria School District teacher has had their teaching certification suspended following a case of inappropriate conduct with middle school students in 2016.

The BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation has suspended former Victoria school teacher Gregory Garost’s certification for making inappropriate personal comments to female students and engaging in inappropriate physical contact with students while teaching Grade 8.

The incidents took place in October, 2016, and at the time the Greater Victoria School District suspended Garost from working.

The suspension took place on October 24th, and fell under section 15(5) of the BC School Act, which allows the superintendent of the area to suspend an employee with pay, if they believe the welfare of students is threatened by the employee.

Garost did not teach after his suspension, and formally resigned in February, 2018.

On July 4th, 2019, the BC Commissioner for Teacher Regulation entered into a consent resolution agreement with Garost, in which he admitted to his actions in 2016.

He then agreed to a suspension of one month of his teaching certificate, which will run from September 3, 2019 to October 3, 2019.

As part of the suspension, Garost is not allowed to make any statement, orally or in writing, which contradicts or disputes the consent resolution agreement.