By Eric Owens Sept 20, 2016
A high school English teacher in small-town Ontario has been suspended without pay and is facing an investigation because she allegedly suggested to a student: “Why don’t you lick me where I fart.”
The teacher is Jennifer Elizabeth Green-Johnson, reports the Toronto Sun.
Green-Johnson is listed as a teacher of 10th, 11th and 12th-grade English courses at Dunnville Secondary School in the town of Dunnville — about an hour directly west of Buffalo, New York.
The date of the incident is unclear, but the disciplinary committees of both the local school board and the Ontario College of Teachers have summoned Green-Johnson for a hearing concerning the statement this Friday.
She has landed in hot water for decidedly undiplomatic comments to students in the past.
In 2015, just for example, the English teacher swatted a student on the head, called him an “idiot” and urged him to “grow some balls,” according to the Sun.
Also in 2015, Green-Johnson said “So you like it from behind” as she chided a pair of male students wrestling near her classroom. One of the students had jumped on the other one.
The year 2011 was an especially banner year for Green-Johnson’s antics, according to The Toronto Star.
That year, she “made a comment to the effect that you could not see the actor’s penis without a microscope” in a movie her English class was viewing and — in an effort to stop students from pretending to hit each other in their groins with binders — she “made accidental contact with” a male student’s groin, “causing him to fall to the ground in tears.”
Also in 2011, Green-Johnson told a student to “sit down or I will bop you in the nose.” Around the same time, she told another student to “stop bitching and sit down.”
And she announced to students that ever since she had been “raped” she did not want men to be around her own children.
Green-Johnson further stands accused of describing a student as a “bloody pedophile” and telling another student she looked “like a frumpy old lady today.”
Still more of Green-Johnson’s golden, greatest hits collection — from last academic year — include allegedly saying “I have never said this to a student before, but fuck you” to one student and — to another who made some weird sound with his lips — “It sounds like your ass cheeks are too close together.”
Green-Johnson was previously suspended for her exquisitely colorful and crude language — once for a single day and once for 6 days. Both prior suspensions were without pay.
“It’s pretty unusual for a teacher who has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct to come before us again,” Ontario College of Teachers spokeswoman Gabrielle Barkany told the Star.
Despite the suspensions, Green-Johnson has at least some strong local defenders.
“She is a great teacher who has made, maybe, a couple of bad decisions,” a parent who defends Green-Johnson told a Toronto AM radio host. “Some of the stuff you are mentioning has been blown way out of proportion and I know this because some of the kids involved are friends with my kids.”
“What is being done to this teacher — being put all over social media — is atrocious,” the parent added. “They are bringing up her children on social media.”