B. (A.) v. D. (C.), 
B.C.J. No. 1087, 2011 BCSC 775, per Gray J. 
The plaintiff AB sued a teacher CD and the Board of School
Trustees of District EF with respect to alleged sexual abuse she
claimed to have suffered at the hands of her former high school
teacher CD. The allegations related to the time she went to high
school at the GH School. The court substituted alphabetical
pseudonyms for people and places pursuant to an order prohibiting
publication of any information that would tend to identify the
The court felt it necessary to employ pseudonyms with respect to
the name of the teacher, the high school and the school board that
were involved on this basis.
The plaintiff AB excelled academically throughout her schooling.
When she attended high school, she lived with her parents and
siblings in a small British Columbia community. She attended high
school at the GH School, a school of 1,200 students (250 in each
grade). In the summer between her Grade 9 and Grade 10 years, AB
had "unwanted sexual intercourse" with a boy her own age.
Although she was initially interested in the sexual activity, she
withdrew her consent during the course of the event, but the boy
persisted. The plaintiff referred to this event as a "date
When AB began Grade 10, one of her teachers was CD. He was a
male, in his 50s, with a long career in teaching. He was the head
of the English Department. He was charismatic. His students
performed well in provincial examinations. Neither the school board
nor the school had ever received a complaint of inappropriate
sexual activity against him. The only complaints that had
previously been made against him were that he could be harsh with
students who performed poorly.
In Grade 10, the plaintiff was in CD's Grade 10 English
class for advanced English students. She was sometimes singled out
by him for praise. She enjoyed and did well at English literature
and writing, something which CD encouraged her to develop.
In her Grade 11 year, the plaintiff took an English class and a
Writing class from another teacher, winning a prize in the Writing
class. She did not take any classes from CD in Grade 11, but still
considered him to be her favourite teacher. She regularly visited
his classroom, about once a week, discussing the status of her
English studies and educational plans. Other students were present
on those occasions. She had a boyfriend for most of her Grade 11
year. Near the end of AB's Grade 11 year, another teacher (YZ)
was suspended from the GH School for allegedly having become
sexually involved with another student. The allegation was that YZ
had engaged in this contact outside school and school hours. The
student who was allegedly abused by teacher YZ was a "peer
tutor". That teacher was eventually acquitted of the
The GH School encouraged students to take on the role of
"peer tutor". A peer tutor was a senior high school
student who assisted a teacher in teaching junior high school
students in a subject area for which the peer tutor showed a
particular interest and aptitude.
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