Teacher charged with harassment of student

Jennifer Kurka is listed as a faculty member at Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering on that...

Jennifer Kurka is listed as a faculty member at Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering on that school's website. (SHAWN JEFFORDS/QMI Agency)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

TORONTO -- A female teacher at a Pickering, Ont., school has been charged with the criminal harassment of a male student.

The 40-year-old Scarborough woman was charged following allegations she repeatedly contacted a former male student.

Durham Regional Police said they were called when the woman was allegedly seen outside student's home Friday at 12:30 p.m., watching the residence.

Police launched an investigation and she was arrested at her home Monday, said Durham Regional Police spokesman said Jodi MacLean.

MacLean wouldn't comment on the nature of the relationship between the teacher and former student. Police also won't release the age of the student, other than he is under 18.

"We're protecting the (alleged) victim in this situation," said MacLean. "We can release very little information about what went on here."

She said the teacher works for the Durham District School Board (DDSB).

Janet Edwards, superintendent of employee services at the school board, said DDSB is co-operating with the police investigation. She confirmed the teacher has been on leave since the fall, but would not comment on the nature of her absence.

Under normal circumstances when a teacher is charged with a criminal offence, they are suspended until the investigation is resolved, she said.

"She is not actively in front of students," Edwards said. "I can't comment on specifics."


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