A vice-principal at a French-language school on Vancouver Island was fired after she made boys show her their underwear to prove they had not left feces in the washroom.
Delphine Yvette Andrea Guerineau was vice-principal of École Au-cœur-de-l’île, a Frocophone school for K-12 students in Comox.
According to a report released Tuesday from the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Guerineau found a pair of soiled boys’ underwear on the lid of a toilet in the school bathroom on June 19, 2018. She also found feces on the floor.
The principal was off-site at the time, so she told the secretary to announce over the loudspeaker that she would be going to each classroom of Grade 3 to 6 students to check if the boys were wearing underwear.
According to the report, she had each student show her the waistband of their underwear.
Guerineau then had all male Grade 7 to 11 students gather in the hallway so she could check that they were all wearing underwear too.
Two days later, Guerineau was placed on paid leave while an investigation got underway. She was fired three months later.
The report from provincial regulator says she was also reprimanded by the commissioner, who said she failed to properly consider the consequences of her actions.