A former teacher at Three Hills School accused of professional misconduct will no longer be allowed to teach in Alberta.
Steven McKerrall was a Social Studies and Life Management teacher last year when he allegedly tried to lure a student into an inappropriate relationship over social media.
"When the association receives a complaint from any member of the public, the association is bound by legislation to conduct an investigation to find out whether or not there's sufficient evidence to warrant a hearing," explained Robert Mazzotta of the Alberta Teachers Association. "In this case, there was sufficient evidence."
The hearing was held on March 22, where McKerrall pleaded guilty to the charges of misconduct. According to documents, the accused admitted to repeatedly asking for photographs of the student's toes and trying to convince her to further what the hearing called an "inappropriate" relationship between them.
"He currently was not a member of the association and so he was deemed to be ineligible for membership," outlined Mazzotta. "Because at this point the (education) minister still controls the process for certification, a recommendation was made to the minister to cancel his certificate of teaching."
"He's no longer teaching, from my understanding, and if he goes to apply for a certificate in any other provinces it will be demonstrated that his certificate in Alberta was cancelled and the reason why it was cancelled."
McKerrall has since moved away from the Three Hills area.