Toronto Sun

March 3, 2001

Teacher rejected a deal

Guilty of misconduct

By PHILIP LEE-SHANOK -- Toronto Sun

Love letter teacher Annie Markson could have spared herself the embarrassment of a public hearing had she accepted a deal offered by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Markson, 33, was found guilty of behaviour disgraceful, dishonourable and unbecoming a member of the teachers' association. A disciplinary panel was told the York Catholic grade school supply teacher had romantic communications and clandestine meetings with a 14-year-old student in 1998.

A deal was offered to the teacher, both the college's lawyer Tom Forbes and Markson's lawyer Bill Markle confirmed. Details were not released but it likely included the termination of her licence.

Markson will appear for a penalty hearing May 16. The college is seeking a $5,000 fine, $33,000 in costs and revocating her licence.

One of the costs being sought by the college is $2,000 paid to a handwriting expert to determine if Markson wrote an unsigned note found by the Grade 8 boy's mom which read:

"I can't even think of you going on a 'date' with someone else ... You can experience new things with me and only me. I'm feeling quite possessive! Sorry, I would have to hurt someone if they came near you. It's like you are mine -- that's how I think & feel of you ... you are mine & I am yours."

Markson conceded she wrote the letter.

Markle said Markson may testify at the penalty hearing. "I want the panel to know just what kind of person Annie Markson is."

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