One-month suspension for principal of Abbotsford private school

Related to professional misconduct over teacher sending suggestive text messages to a student.

Ted Brennan

Ted Brennan

The principal of an Abbotsford private school has been suspended from his job for one month for professional misconduct in relation to a 2009 matter involving a teacher who sent suggestive text messages to a student.

Ted Brennan’s suspension through the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) is in effect for the entire month of July.

As an administrator at St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School, he was originally slated to work during this time.

The suspension relates to Brennan’s actions involving teacher Martin Careen, with whom he was friends, according to the “consent resolution agreement” from the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.

Careen was convicted of invitation to sexual touching and sentenced to a 60-day jail term in May 2012 for sending sexual text messages to a female student, then 17, in the late evening and early morning of Jan. 27 and 28, 2009.

According to the TRB documents, Careen wrote to Brennan, who was the school’s vice-principal at the time, on Jan. 29 of that year to say he had received a sexually explicit text from an unidentified female.

“Although it occurred to Brennan that the text message might involve a student at the school, he took no steps to either investigate the matter further or to report the incident to the school principal,” the documents state.

Brennan co-operated with police when he was informed in April 2009 that Careen, who has since been banned from teaching, was under investigation and that a student at the school was involved.

Brennan attended the first day of Careen’s preliminary hearing, at the direction of the school principal, in March 2010, and was seen shaking Careen’s hand and that of his wife, Sandra.

Brennan was also seen going for lunch with Sandra and leaving the courthouse parking lot with the Careens at the end of the day.

These actions prompted a parent of the school, who was also at the courthouse, to complain to the superintendent of the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA), saying that she saw Brennan’s action as being openly supportive of the Careens.

A TRB investigator looking into the Careen matter was advised in April 2012 that Brennan had been aware of the suggestive text exchange, but had taken no action to determine whether a student was involved.

In June 2012, the CISVA superintendent made a report to the branch about Brennan.

The consent resolution agreement outlining Brennan’s one-month suspension was signed last month.

Sandra Careen, also a St. John Brebeuf teacher, received a five-month suspension – from Sept. 1, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014 – for failing to report to school officials that her husband had exchanged the inappropriate messages with a student.

She was also given a one-month unpaid suspension by CISVA in June 2012 and was required to issue a written apology to the student.


Just Posted

Satwinder Bains of Abbotsford is the recipient of the 2021 aculty Service Excellence Award from University of the Fraser Valley. (UFV photo)
Satwinder Bains receives UFV Faculty Service Excellence Award

Bains has guided South Asian Studies Institute as director since 2006

The City of Abbotsford has prepared a draft Urban Forest Strategy that is now headed to public consulation.
Draft plan adopted for managing Abbotsford’s urban forests over next 25 years

Urban Forest Strategy now heads to public-consultation process

Country music star Chris Lane stops in Abbotsford next February. (Submitted)
Country music star Chris Lane coming to Abbotsford

Multi-platinum artist bringing ‘Fill Them Boots’ to Abbotsford Centre on Feb. 19, 2022

The Abbotsford International Airshow is back for 2021 with the ‘SkyDrive’ concept.
Abbotsford International Airshow returns for 2021 with ‘SkyDrive’

New format features a drive-in movie type experience, show set for Aug. 6 to 8

The intersection of Blueridge Drive and Blue Jay Street is one of three intersections in Abbotsford approved for traffic lights this year. (Google Street View)
Traffic signals approved at 3 Abbotsford intersections

Projects part of $1.45M in road upgrades around community

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read