A teacher in Montreal, Canada, has been suspended after he made his 10th-grade class watch the horrific video that allegedly shows Luka Magnotta murdering, eating and dismembering his lover.
School officials condemned the popular young instructor’s decision to air the footage in his civics and history class.
They have provided psychological counseling for the 25 students who saw the disturbing images.
The video of Jun Lin’s death, called ’1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick,’ has circulated on underworld gore websites since Magnotta allegedly released it online last month.
It’s unclear what educational purpose the teacher, whose name was not released, thought he could bring to his classroom at Cavelier-De LaSalle High School by showing the clip.
School officials are furious with his decision.
‘We condemn with one voice the actions of the teacher who showed students a video whose content was as inappropriate as it was offensive,’ the school board said in a statement to the Toronto Star.
The news of the teacher’s actions even reached Canadian Education Minister Michelle Courchesne, who condemned the instructor.
‘It’s horrifying. It’s a very, very serious and total lack of judgment. I don’t see any educational value in that (video).’
The teacher apparently aired the video after some students in the class convinced him to show it.
He gave them a choice about whether the wanted to watch the killing.They voted 22-to-3 to see it.
However, the three students who expressed concern about the video had to stay in the class while it was put on screen.
Before the teacher played the clip, he warned the class: ‘He said, “Watch out, for sure there are images that could be shocking,”‘ student Maude Aubin-Boivin, 17, who was in the room at the time, told the Star.
She said her classmates found the video disturbing, but didn’t receive any long term damage from watching it.
‘For sure, at the beginning I found it tough. But I wasn’t traumatized or anything. We see so much these days on TV,’ she said.