British Columbia

Chilliwack teacher transferred again after sexually harassing 3rd co-worker

Lancer Price was also disciplined in 2009 for 'repeatedly' sexually harassing colleagues.

Lancer Price was also disciplined in 2009 for 'repeatedly' sexually harassing colleagues

A teacher in Chilliwack, B.C., has been transferred for a second time after grabbing a colleague's buttocks more than once. (Shutterstock)

A Chilliwack teacher has been relocated to a different school for sexually harassing a colleague — and it's not the first time he's been transferred for inappropriate behaviour.

Lancer Price grabbed a colleague's buttocks three separate times in 2017, according to a disciplinary notice. The co-worker reported him and Price was suspended without pay for 10 days in January of this year.

The Chilliwack School District later transferred Price to another school. He was also ordered to complete counselling by June 30.

After that, the district reported what had happened to the Teacher Regulation Branch, the disciplinary body for teachers in B.C.

Following its own investigation, the board ruled that the counselling order and 10-day suspension Price served in January was an appropriate remedy.

It also banned him from working at the school again.

History of sexual harassment

Price has been disciplined and transferred to a new school before — again, for sexually harassing colleagues.

In 2009, he was found to have "repeatedly" made sexually suggestive comments and gestures to two co-workers.

He was transferred to another school after that. The district also ordered him to complete a round of counselling.

District responds

The Chilliwack School District says it can't say much about the matter.

In an email, acting superintendent Rohan Arul-pragasam said the district was legally obligated to protect employee privacy and could not comment on specific details in Price's case.

He said the district was not aware of any formal complaints about Price involving students.

"The Chilliwack School District is committed to maintaining a safe and respectful learning and work environment for our students and staff," he said.

"Complaints of a violation of our policies between teaching colleagues are a [Teacher Regulation Board] matter."