October 7, 2022
Janelle O’Connor is representing a former student in a civil suit against the Greater Victoria School Board and former Oak Bay High School teacher and soccer coach. The claim alleges that her coach on multiple teams in the early 2000s, sexually groomed and exploited her when she was a Grade 12 student at the school while others in authority turned a blind eye.
The claim seeks damages for clinical anxiety, depression, difficulty with emotional stress and loss of enjoyment of life, among other things. The plaintiff is ultimately seeking systemic change in the school district to ensure others are protected in the future.
In August 2022, the teacher received a lifetime ban from teaching primary, elementary and secondary students in the province after admitting to an intimate relationship with the plaintiff.
Watch the Global News story below.