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Toronto teacher suspended for violent, sexual jokes: Queen's University expert

2013-03-12

Queen’s University education professor Benjamin Kutsyuruba is available to talk about a Toronto high school teacher who has been put on home assignment after handing out seven pages of violent and sexual jokes to his students.

The Grade 9 and 10 students were given the jokes – which involved sexual violence, racism, dead babies, jokes about blondes and gang banging – for a comedy skit assignment.

Dr. Kutsyuruba is an expert in legal issues in the classroom and trust, moral agency and ethical decision making in the classroom.

“Teachers are bound by an unwritten social contract to be moral and ethical examples to their students. It’s tough to tell without reading the jokes, but the media has been reporting they involve dead babies, blondes, sexual innuendo, racism – it’s basically everything unethical and unacceptable for a teacher to be giving to a student,” says Dr. Kutsyuruba.

Please note that Dr. Kutsyuruba is only available until 3 pm on Friday, and he can only do phone interviews.
To arrange an interview, please contact Queen’s University communication officers Michael Onesi (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca).

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