Lori-Lee Simard, 39, was facing six counts of misconduct under the Teachers Profession Act as a result of the relationship, which took place during the 2005-2006 school year at a high school in Donnelly, Alta, about 425 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.
Vivian Aubin, Riley's mother, expresses her relief Monday at the decision of the ATA disciplinary panel.At a disciplinary hearing Monday in Edmonton, the Alberta Teachers Association ruled that she was guilty of having a romantic and sexual relationship with 18-year old Riley Aubin, asking the student to lie about it, and demeaning the honour and dignity of the teaching profession.
Aubin, who was in Grade 12, shot himself April 9, 2006. His parents and family members told the hearing last week that they blamed the relationship, in part, for the teen's suicide.
Simard maintained that while she was close to the boy, she was never intimate with him.
The panel has cancelled Simard's membership in the ATA and has recommended the government strip her of her teaching licence.
Outside the hearing Vivian Aubin, Riley's mother, expressed her relief at the decision.
"It was actually, very, very hard," Aubin told reporters. "It all brought back a lot of hurtful memories."
She said the only reason she came forward was to warn other parents.
"I'm very regretful that I wasn't able to help my son, and because I trusted a teacher Ö and didn't even realize that could cross her mind. And for that I lost my son."
Simard's lawyer said his client hasn't yet decided whether to appeal the ruling.