By Sheena Goodyear , QMI Agency
First posted: Thursday, January 08, 2015 02:00 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, January 08, 2015 05:41 PM EST
A professor from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax quit his job Thursday after Rehtaeh Parsons' father tweeted a censored version of a ***** picture the teacher had sent a student.
Michael Kydd stepped down from his part-time business teaching gig and apologized to his wife and kids for what he says was a "consensual" relationship with a 38-year-old woman in his class.
He told reporters during an impromptu press conference on Thursday that he was "intimate" with the student twice in October while he and his wife were separated. Glen Canning told QMI Agency that the relationship between the professor and the student began "amicably."
Canning is the father of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Nova Scotia teen who killed herself after a picture of her alleged gang rape was shared among her peers.
Canning, who says the single mother approached him for advice in December.
He said the woman reached out to him and asked if he knew anyone who could "give her legal advice regarding a situation she was involved in with a professor at her university."
He said they later met in person and she showed him a series of text messages from the professor, including one that promised better grades in exchange for oral sex.
QMI Agency has not seen the texts in question or spoken to the student. Kydd has not responded to requests for comment.
Canning said he posted the tweet with the woman's permission after she expressed concern the university wasn't taking her complaint seriously.
The university then issued a statement that the part-time prof had been suspended for a code of conduct violation involving a student.
University policy prohibits relationships between professors and students.
"We are taking this matter very seriously and are responding accordingly, including notifying students and letting them know that the instructor is not currently in the classroom, pending an investigation," university president Ramona Lumpkin said in a press release.
Shortly after, Kydd came forward and apologized.
He told reporters he made a serious error in judgment and expects his career will be ruined.
Kydd said the relationship was consensual and the pair exchanged explicit pictures. He denied it was "a sex-for-grades" scenario.
"I breached the code of conduct. I got involved in a consensual relationship at a time in my life where I was very uncomfortable and seeking, I think, some level of comfort," he said.
Kydd is also the president of Merit Nova Scotia, an open-shop contractors union. Merit's website describes Kydd as "a proud father and 10-year cancer survivor" who "takes great pride in building positive relationships with contractors, workers and students."
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