A private boarding school principal in the Barrie area has an assault conviction. He recently lost his teacher’s licence for sexual abuse of a student

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Under the name “Anthony Ross” he was disciplined twice for professional misconduct by Ontario’s teacher regulator, both times following allegations of sexual abuse of a student.

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Last year, he lost his teaching license when the regulator found him guilty of sexual misconduct with a student, and a criminal court found him guilty of assault.

Now under the name “Antonio Ross” he has appeared as the principal of Convoy International Academy, a private boarding school for Canadian and international students, sits on a 22-acre wooded property in Utopia near Barry.

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What happened in the Ross case highlights the weakness of Ontario’s education system. Teachers and principals in a private school are not required to fall under the provincial regulation system. Although their teaching credentials have been revoked, this only applies to publicly funded schools and any private schools that insist their teachers have credentials from the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) .

In his inaugural address to students at the recorded Convoy just before summer vacation, 57-year-old Ross greeted students in grades 9-12 going in convoy in person or online.

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“We work with every student, every year from airport pick up to course selection and when you are in your final year we will guide you through top universities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom as well as other countries. Help me gain acceptance. …I look forward to seeing you all on campus soon.”

In his LinkedIn profile (when the star began asking the question last week), Antonio Ross claimed his expertise in developing the curriculum at the York Region Public School Board for teaching English as a second language, and explained that he had learned to teach English as a second language. How to organize leadership training? Helpful in “emotional development” and “child abuse”.

The main campus of the convoy is near Barrie, in a rural community called Utopia. There is a large red brick main building, small hostels and grounds for a variety of sports offered as extra-curricular. Due to the pandemic, some students are finding it difficult to come to Canada from abroad. A spokesman for the school said some students have come, and are to come. Tuition and boarding at the school is approximately $30,000 per year. Combined between its Markham and Barrie-area campuses, the school can accommodate approximately 200 students. Fifty students board the Barrie campus.

On the school’s website, Ross writes that the school “works hard to inspire and teach students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and global citizens.” He said the school is directed by the “Ontario Ministry of Education” and he thanks all the parents who sent the students in the convoy. “I am very grateful for their trust in us.”

Granthshala tried to talk to Ross several times, both at his school and at his home in Richmond Hill. A woman who answered the door to her house warned a reporter to “Get off the property or I’m going to call the police.”

At the school, the administrator, Michelle (she would not give her last name), said that Ross never told her about her past.

“I didn’t know about it before,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t see anything strange or suspicious,” she said, then promised to “look into it.”

Mitchell said Ross worked as a consultant for the school two years ago, but was then hired as principal in early 2021. Manal Labib, a former principal at another Convoy campus, said she knew Ross only as a “marketing consultant.”

As a principal in a private system, Convoy does not require OCT credentials. Regarding her disciplinary and criminal record, Michelle of Convoy said she didn’t know if anyone at the school had checked in. He didn’t, she said. Star did it.

Ross began his teaching career in 1992. His legal name is Antonio Ross, but he was attested as a teacher under the name “Anthony Ross”. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Lakehead University, and a bachelor’s in education from York University.

Their teaching license was issued by the Ontario College of Teachers which regulates most, but not all teachers in Ontario.

In 1992, he began teaching elementary school in Scarborough with the Scarborough Board of Education (one of the predecessors of the Toronto District School Board). Their teaching certification includes specialties in physical and health education and guidance. In later years he was working towards becoming the principal.

Something happened in the 1994–95 school year when he was in his early 30s that surfaced years later. In 2010, a complaint was made to Toronto Police regarding what was considered a historical allegation until then. By this time, Ross had transferred to the school board and was now teaching in the York area. Police arrested and charged Ross on five counts of sexual assault. She was accused of masturbation and french kissed a male grade 8 student.

At trial, Ross was acquitted. Justice Timothy Lipson of the Ontario Court of Justice heard the testimony of both Ross and the complainant (an adult man by the time) and said in his ruling that he believed the student was “telling the truth” and that he “had Despite this, the Crown did not establish Ross’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, Justice Lipson said.

During the lengthy disciplinary proceedings that followed, the York Board fired Ross, alleging that he had participated in “grooming behavior” while in Scarborough. But after an appeal by Ross and his teachers’ union, a labor arbitrator reversed the decision in 2015, saying the school board had not proved its case “on the balance of probabilities”. Ross was reinstated to the school board. During labor arbitration, it was also revealed that over the years, Ross has also worked as a tutor (aside from his teaching duties) and was both a summer day camp counselor and supervisor of counselors in training for 25 years. A former tourist testified during labor mediation after hearing that when she was “14 and 15” he had awkward conversations with Ross, who kissed her several times quickly and told him that she “loves” him.

Separate from labor arbitration, charges relating to 1994–95 made their way to an Ontario College of Teachers hearing in 2016 and Ross pleaded guilty to professional misconduct involving the same student, but with fewer incidents than criminal charges. related to.

Here is a summary of what he said, according to an agreed statement of facts between Ross and the college.

Ross was the home teacher for a Class 8 student whose father was diagnosed with cancer. The student’s mother asked Ross to provide additional academic support, including tutoring the student at the student’s home.

“In or around October 1994, (Ross) began telling the student that he cared for and loved her,” reads Ross’s agreed-upon statement of facts. Ross often kicked students out of school for hockey games. Once, the student’s mother saw Ross and her son holding hands. In his testimony, Ross told the moderator that he remembered going to a school hockey game (Ross was in the back seat with the student while the parents were in the front seat) and placed his hand on the boy’s hand and ” Encouraged him to play well that day.” Ross told the moderator “their hands were not together for the entire campaign, but for a short period of time.”

Ross did not testify at the college hearing, but in an agreed statement of facts “he acknowledges that his conduct was inappropriate and could have been misconstrued as a romantic gesture.” The former student, during labor mediation (where she testified that Ross had masturbated and French kissed her several times), said she was crushed by her conversations with Ross, out of some, her parents was kept secret from, and later his wife shame and embarrassment.

The college found Ross guilty of professional misconduct and handed him a three-month tuition suspension. In 2016, he was ordered to take a course on border violations.

Two years later, in June 2018, the police came back to his door. He was teaching high school by this time. Ross was arrested for sexually assaulting a male high school student. There was a plea agreement and Ross pleaded guilty in early 2019 to the less involved offense of the crime – the more serious charge of sexual assault was dropped by the crown.

In an agreeable statement of fact, Ross admitted to meeting a student at the guidance office where the student was going to write a science test. The student was described in court as having a learning disability. Ross asked the student personal questions about her family and “her body” and then “raised her right hand, grabbed the victim’s right breast, squeezed it for 25-30 seconds.” Then, according to the guilty plea, Ross asked the victim about his arms and moved his index finger up and down the victim’s right bicep. Then Ross again grabbed the victim’s breast and squeezed it for five seconds.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, the student said it made her feel “very low self-confidence” and “sad, sad, anxious, disgusted.” The student’s mother also gave a victim impact statement. She told the court that she trusted Ross, she said, that her school was “a perfect school” for her son, who struggled with academics.

On January 7, 2019, Justice Mary Ellen Misner sentenced Ross to a conditional sentence of 12 months, with the first four months to serve in her home, except for necessities. (Ross requested that he be allowed out to watch his daughter’s football game from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, but the judge denied that request.) Although pleaded not guilty to sexual assault. Regardless, Ross required the judge to provide a sample. His DNA will be stored in a national databank. He was banned by the judge from taking any teaching…

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