In weird and confusing news, a BC teacher was suspended after showing "Salad Fingers" to his teenage students. The inappropriate videos are described by many as “creepy”. But, that's not all that he did.
If you remember these distressing videos from middle school, you’re probably wondering why he felt compelled to make them resurface in front of children at his place of work.
James Thwaites was working as a grade seven and eight "Teacher On Call" for School District No. 91 just north of Prince George, B.C. at the time of the … incident. We’re sorry to report that the strange viewing session didn’t stop with "Salad Fingers".
Thwaites also showed his students the equally creepy "Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared", and "ASDF Movie". As you can imagine, his students had no idea what they were watching and were extremely creeped out. Fair enough. Even those of us who have watched these videos can admit they made our skin crawl.
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In the British Columbia Teacher Regulation Document outlining Thwaites’ suspension, it reads, “Thwaites showed his students three inappropriate short films.” The Teacher Regulation Document then goes on to recite specific lines from the films that were less than appropriate for the audience and downright creepy.
In addition to the videos, the teacher also shared personal information with his students about his “pending divorce,” how much it was costing him, and “the fact that he was dating a woman from overseas,” the document explained.
Oh, and it doesn’t end there. Just a month after he showed the videos to a class of grade seven and eight students in January 2018, he reportedly discussed romantic endeavours with a class of grade three and four kids. Apparently, he even said “Oh, you’re such a player,” to one of his young students after asking about his crushes.
Thwaites resigned from the school district in March, according to Global News. Even so, he has been served with a two-day retroactive suspension and mandatory training called “Reinforcing Respectful Professional Boundaries."
We wish his poor students a speedy recovery from their traumatic cinematic experience.