The Delta Alternative Senior School is housed in Montrose Public School.
Credits: Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
TORONTO -- A public school teacher has been ordered to work from home after posting explicit sex-education brochures in his Grade 7 and 8 classroom.
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) officials are investigating why the teacher at Delta alternative school created a bulletin board in his class in October that included a poster with tips on how men can safely perform oral sex with one another.
That brochure can be found in a number of the city's gay bars and bathhouses and isn't intended for school-aged children.
Published by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), it's entitled "Use Your Head When Giving It: Blow Job Tips" and offers advice for gay men on safe sex.
"We do use explicit language because we're targeting a specific community where this kind of language is warranted and needed," ACT spokesman Andrew Brett said.
But the organization's brochures are intended for adults and largely target Toronto's gay community, Brett said.
They are distributed in adult-only places, such as gay bars and gay bathhouses.
"That's what we have in mind when we distribute these resources," he said.
The brochure includes an image of the tattooed back of a man with his pants down and his backside being clutched by man reaching around from the front, seemingly while on his knees.
Other brochures included ads for the female condom and the day-after pill, and an ACT handout titled "If You Like to F---" that imparts tips for the general sexual health of gay men.
They were posted in the classroom -- a bright room filled with small chairs, students' artwork and a tub of basketballs -- in the alternative class located in Montrose elementary school in the College St.-Ossington Ave. area.
The brochures were removed from the Delta alternative school class Friday after a reporter with the Sun News Network called the TDSB and inquired about the material.
A source identified the teacher as Wade Vroom, who describes himself on his website as an "occasional" teacher with the TDSB and an independent filmmaker who, between 2009 and 2011, taught teenagers film production at a Hot Docs film camp.
Vroom did not return telephone messages from QMI Agency requesting an interview.
TDSB spokesman Ryan Bird insisted the teacher had "good intentions" and used the brochures to communicate with students in a youthful way.
"They were put up by the teacher in an attempt to speak more directly to youth on what is a sensitive topic," Bird said. "Having said that, it was clearly inappropriate and has been taken down."
Bird also insisted Delta principal Marc Mullan and the rest of the school's senior administration knew nothing of the posters, and the teacher did not have the permission needed to place the brochures in the classroom.
Bird could not immediately say if any students from Montrose's kindergarten to Grade 6 classes had ever gone into the room where the posters were displayed.
The school's trustee, Chris Bolton, did not return calls, nor did TDSB superintendent Beth Buthcher.
Doretta Wilson of the Society for Quality Education called the brochures too "mature" for "vulnerable" kids as young as 11 or 12.
"For that age group, it's entirely inappropriate," said Wilson, who questions how a principal who is sufficiently in touch with his classrooms could not notice such brochures.
"You mean, a principal hadn't visited that classroom since October? We know ... that it's important for the principal to monitor what is in the classroom and what teachers are doing. The more principals are involved with their teachers, it makes for a better atmosphere in the school."