Teacher fired over body-parts video
Jun 14, 2012 / 2:49 pm
A Montreal high school teacher has been fired for showing a Grade 10 class what is believed to be the video of the infamous body-parts killing.
The school board issued a statement this afternoon saying the 29-year-old teacher, who was under contract until the end of the school year, has been terminated, effective immediately.
The teacher at Cavelier-De LaSalle High School showed the video on June 4, apparently at the urging of students in his history-and-civics class.
The video, posted on the Internet, allegedly depicts Luka Rocco Magnotta killing Concordia University student Jun Lin; its contents are so disturbing that even veteran police investigators have been rattled while viewing it.
The teacher has been suspended with pay since the viewing. In a decision made public today, the board says it took a number of factors into account including the seriousness of the gesture and the impact on the students involved.
Many students had defended the popular young teacher. Earlier today, several held a rally around lunchtime. The student body has created a petition calling for his reinstatement.
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