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Suspension rescinded for N.L. teachers who complained of stress

School board officials reverse suspension of two Newfoundland teachers who complained of stress.

School officials in Newfoundland and Labrador have reversed the suspensions of two high school teachers who publicly complained about work stress.

The decision affecting St. John's teachers Jim Dinn and Mario Simon was announced Monday by the Eastern School District, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association.

"The disciplinary action was reconsidered when the written transcripts of the teachers' comments became available," a statement said.

"In light of this, the decision was made by the director of the Eastern School District to rescind the suspensions."

This month, Dinn and Simon were each suspended for a week without pay after they spoke at a teachers' association-sponsored forum on stress.

Eastern School District director Darin King, who attended the forum, said the teachers' comments went beyond fair comment about stress and amounted to insubordination.

He said he changed his mind after reading a transcript of their comments.

"My focus is not on replaying the decision that was made. My focus is on moving forward," King said.

"Every decision is made within the context of the information available in the circumstances you're presented with ... I believe we did what we had to do."