Aldergrove Secondary teacher suspended over prank

Daniel Ogloff taped the words "I'm gay" on student's back without his knowledge.

An Aldergrove Community Secondary School teacher has been suspended for playing a homophobic prank on a male student.

Langley School District suspended metal shop teacher Daniel Ogloff for 10 weeks without pay from November 2013 to January 2014, for acting unprofessionally, disrespectfully and without regard for students’ physical and emotional safety, for an incident in September 2013.

Now the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation has suspended him for two more weeks.

In September 2013, during class, Ogloff placed a piece of masking tape on the back of the jacket of a Grade 11 male student without the student’s knowledge. The tape had the words “I’m gay” written on it. Ogloff considered this horseplay. He then gestured “shh” to students after putting the tape on. Some students in the class were laughing and taking photos.

Ogloff allowed the student to leave class with the tape on his back.

The district required that Ogloff participate in restorative action with the student, mandatory mentorship with another teacher and complete a course.

Ogloff disputed the appropriateness of this discipline.

He had a previous verbal warning in 2011, in respect to inappropriate comments he made to a Grade 7 student. In 2012, he spoke disrespectfully to a female Grade 12 student. He has held a teaching certificate since 2008.