Former students of Bishop Grandin High School in Calgary have crowdfunded hundreds of dollars to pay a popular teacher’s fine.
High school gym teacher Ron Robichaud was fined $500 after he acted inappropriately towards a student a school soccer game in April 2015.
A student’s poor conduct in the stands upset many fans and players at that game, resulting in a reaction from Robichaud, who happened to be the only teacher and coach that day.
Robichaud tried to deal with the student in question. After being repeatedly taunted, the coach reacted by saying “I’ll f—ing knock you out. I don’t know who you are. You’re threatening me.”
He also stepped toward the student and stomped on the ground, yelling “sh-boom.”
The encounter was captured by the misbehaving student on a smartphone recording.
The Alberta Teachers’ Association determined that Robichaud was guilty of unprofessional conduct, and failed to treat the student with dignity and respect.
“He wasn’t just a good teacher, he was my best teacher,” said Ty Farrell, who donated $100 to the Go Fund Me cause. Numerous former students have left positive comments about one of their favourite educators.
The campaign has raised more than $1,000 for the teacher.