MONTREAL - A Montreal teacher has been suspended after showing a
classroom of 15- and 16-year-old students the video that allegedly
documents the murder of Chinese student Lin Jun.
entitled "1 lunatic 1 ice pick" shows a person in a black hoodie
stabbing a man multiple times. The hooded figure later dismembers the
body and commits obscene acts with the severed remains.
teacher screened the video in a history and civics class on the morning
of Monday, June 4 to a class of tenth-grade students at Cavelier-De
LaSalle high school in LaSalle, a borough of Montreal. The school
board, the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB), issued a
statement Thursday morning, condemning the teacher's actions.
It described the decision to show the video as inappropriate and offensive.
school board has confirmed that the teacher has been suspended with
pay, in accordance with the teacher's collective agreement.
the hours following the screening of the video, the school's principal
immediately brought in a team of psychologists and rehabilitation
officers to talk to 20 students.
The team stayed at the school
for the next two days so students would have access to support, and a
psychologist remained at the school all week to provide continuing
support as necessary.
The school board has also confirmed that
the teacher concerned expressed his regret over the incident to the
principal of the school via email on Monday, June 4.
He is expected to appear before the labour relations board on Wednesday, June 13 to explain his version of events.
The school board will then review the case and a decision will be made as to whether the teacher will keep his job.
11-minute video "1 lunatic 1 ice pick" was posted on a Canadian gore
website on May 25. Hundreds of thousands of people have already watched
the disturbing content.
One student from Cavelier-De LaSalle
high school told Global News "Teachers are there for that, to make sure
we don't see things like that."