Explosion in class leads to teacher reprimand

Chilliwack TOC held accountable for “misbehaved” students who lit gas on fire

A teacher-on-call has been formally reprimanded for his lack of attention in a Chilliwack classroom that led to students creating a type of bottle bomb.

The incident took place last school year, on May 27, 2016, when Andrew Kevin Janzen was overseeing a Grade 11/12 welding and metalwork class at a Chilliwack high school. The high school involved was not listed in the report, prepared by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Bruce Preston. (See PDF below for full report.)

The consent resolution agreement states Janzen was using his personal cell phone for personal purposes several times throughout the class.

He also allowed students to work “in the exterior welding area of the classroom” without adequately supervising the students. Some of those unsupervised students then misbehaved while out of the teacher’s direct sight, the report states.

“They filled a welding rod canister with acetylene gas and then lit it, causing an explosion, and then filled it again and also added oxygen, causing a second, larger explosion,” it explains.

Janzen dealt with the explosion by leaving a note for the class’s regular teacher, but did not report the students directly to the school administration. He has since expressed remorse for the incident, and acknowledged the safety of his students was his responsibility.

He resigned from the Chilliwack School District in October 2016, and the matter was considered two months later by the commissioner, leading to the report that was released at the end of August. It sets out that Janzen must complete a course called Creating a Positive Learning Environment through the Justice Institute of BC, which he completed this summer.

The agreement is posted on www.bcteacherregulation.ca.

It does not state whether any students were hurt in, or reprimanded for, the incident.

JANZEN_CRA_20170830 by Jess Peters on Scribd


@CHWKcommunity
jpeters@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Crown appeals stay against Jamie Bacon in Surrey Six killings

B.C.’s prosecution service says judge’s decision reveals ‘errors of law’

Arrest warrant issued for Langley City man

David Main is wanted on numerous charges including obstructing an officer

Langley RCMP seek man wanted for drug charges

David Main was last seen living in Langley City.

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Pellet gun prompts Langley RCMP to respond

A report of a firearm drew a large number of officers to Langley City.

VIDEO: Hundreds line up at Langley farm for pancakes and a chance to help

The 14th annual Krause Berry Farm breakfast with Santa raised almost $4,700.

Six-year-old boy needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Mother of sick Sooke boy asks government to help fund treatments

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

Be ladder safe both at work and home

WorkSafeBC wants you to keep safe while hanging those Christmas lights this year

Cold weather shelter too full, buses homeless to other communities

The Gateway of Hope shelter has had send some people to other shelters as they ran out of room.

B.C. overdose deaths surpass 1,200

96 people died of illicit drug overdoses in October

Feds agree to give provinces 75 per cent of pot tax revenues

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the agreement today

Red Scorpion associates cuffed in drug-trafficking bust

Kamloops RCMP lay charges in connection to Red Scorpion drug trafficking ring

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Christmas

More than 175 sailings are being added, including 130 between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Most Read