A Canadian high school teacher who showed his students an 11-minute video of a man being stabbed and dismembered has lost his job, according to a statement issued Thursday by the school.
“The teacher’s unacceptable (decision to show the video) demanded an unequivocal decision,” the statement said.
The male teacher at École Cavelier-De Lasalle in Montreal was suspended on June 4 after showing the video during a history and citizenship class. In an online statement released Wednesday, the school said the teacher, who had apologized by email, would be allowed to tell his version of events.
Jean-Michel Nahas, a spokesman for the school, said the teacher would not be identified.
The video, titled "1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick,” is believed to depict Luka Rocco Magnotta, a 29-year-old porn actor, killing Lin Jun, 33, with an ice pick and a kitchen knife and then dismembering him. Police have called the video horrific; they say they have obtained more complete footage that may show the suspect eating parts of the victim’s body. Police say they believe Magnotta posted the video online in late May.
Magnotta was arrested on June 4, the same day the students watched the video, after being spotted at an Internet café in Berlin.
When students expressed interest in the video, the teacher apparently resisted but then put the decision to a vote, according to the Globe and Mail.
All but two or three students voted to watch the video, according to the Globe and Mail. Those who voted against apparently watched the video anyway.
Within hours, the school brought in a crisis team of psychologists and counselors, according to the school’s online statement.
Lin, a Chinese student who had been studying at Concordia University in Montreal, went missing in late May. Several days passed before police searched Magnotta’s apartment in Montreal, which was covered in blood. A suitcase in the apartment's back alley contained Lin’s torso.
Police say that before fleeing, Magnotta mailed parts of Lin’s body to two political parties in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, and to two schools in Vancouver, B.C.
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