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Lynden Dorval Fired: Edmonton Teacher Let Go For Assigning Zeros


The Edmonton School Board Superintendent officially terminated the Ross Sheppard High School teacher, citing insubordination, unprofessional conduct and refusing to obey orders, CTV reports.

Ross Sheppard High School has a policy of giving an incomplete on assignments for which no work was done, but Dorval refused to follow that policy.


On his termination, Dorval told CBC Edmonton, "I'm not bitter, a little bit angry," he said. "I was particularly upset with the language in the termination letter."

In the letter, superintendent Edgar Schmidt describes Dorval's behaviour in the past months as "repeatedly insubordinate, unprofessional, and in disregard of lawful orders made by the principal."

"I expected that you would promise to reform your behaviour and apologize to the principal," he wrote.

In June, Dorval told a special review board, "Under the conditions that I go back to doing what I was doing before (assigning zeros,) yes I'd go back to teaching."

Dorval will not be back to teaching, however. His contract will officially be terminated on October 15.

So far, Alberta's Wildrose Party has been the only political party to speak out on Dorval's firing. "We need more teachers like Mr. Dorval, not less" Wildrose MLA Rob Anderson told Global Edmonton.

Many teachers, parents and former students have supported Dorval since the scandal began - Friday being no exception. Twitter users took to the social network to send messages of encouragement to the embattled teacher.

"Lynden #Dorval is a hero - standing up for informed principles in the face of personal sacrifice," tweeted Brad King (@bdking12)

There are those, however, who point to Dorval's refusal to follow the Edmonton Public School Board's policy and, therefore, believe he deserves the termination. Bert (@bertbertski) said, "While I support Lynden Dorval's motives I don't support the method. Don't lose sight of the fact he disobeyed his principal."

“I was still hopeful that this wouldn’t occur, but I believe the superintendent had made it clear his mind was made up,” Dorval told the Edmonton Journal.

“I tried to steel myself for this outcome but I had some hope it wouldn’t come to this.”

According to CBC Edmonton, Dorval plans to appeal the decision. He has three weeks to appeal the decision to the Education Minister, and if successful, have another hearing of which the school board and Dorval will share the cost. His final option will be an appeal to the courts.

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