Montreal Teacher Suspended After Reportedly Showing 'Dismemberment' Video

teacher suspended for showing dismemberment video

A Montreal high school teacher has been suspended after being accused of showing a shockingly graphic video of a gay porno star purportedly dismembering his lover, a Chinese college student (pictured, left).

The male teacher, who hasn't been named and has been suspended with pay, has reportedly expressed regret. He appeared before a school board hearing Wednesday. Police are also conducting an investigation into the matter and criminal charges against the teacher are a possibility, The Gazette of Montreal reports.

The teacher reportedly showed the gruesome video as part of a history and citizen course at the Cavelier-De LaSalle High School in southwestern Montreal on June 4, the same day German authorities captured Lin's suspected killer, Luke Magnotta, in a Berlin Internet cafe, ending an international manhunt.

In the 11-minute video, Magnotta, a 29-year-old porn actor, allegedly tortured Chinese student Jun Lin, beheading and dismembering his body, "eating his flesh with a knife and fork and performing sex acts on the corpse," according to the Daily News of New York.

Students interviewed said the teacher frequently discussed current affairs and asked students if they wanted to see the notorious video, which has been posted online.

"At first the teacher didn't want to show it, but because the students wanted to see it, he agreed," the Globe and Mail quotes 16-year-old student Jean-Francois Vautour as saying. "We would have found a way to see it anyways."

Lin, a 33-year-old Concordia University (Montreal) student from China, was murdered on May 24. His torso was found five days later in a suitcase that had been left for garbage pickup. Other body parts reportedly were shipped to destinations throughout Canada, though Lin's head has yet to be discovered.

The teacher expressed regret to school administrators on the day of the incident. Given the gravity of the case, the school has said that it is moving quickly in making a decision on the teacher's fate.

Quebec's education minister, Michelle Courchesne, told reporters that the teacher showed "a total lack of judgment" in deciding to show the video to his students.







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ourgordianknot

He's an idiot who deserves to lose his job. First, he asks the kids do they want to see it then turns and states he was essentially pestered by them into showing it? Riiiight. Even IF they did bug him to see it, he's the TEACHER and had NO obligation to show them the horrific acts involved and should have shut them down right there. It's one thing to discuss the events reported in the news as part of the current events portion of class but to show the FILM? Insanely irresponsible, doesn't matter if the brats can watch it online themselves he's a foolish weak individual who has no place in the classroom. Had the class asked him to show them porn the guy did, would his defenders here still say it's fine as well?

One of the problems with teachers today (and with many parents) is they are too busy trying to be the cool friends with kids rather than telling them "No."

June 15 2012 at 1:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Ren

bad judgement on the teacher, but doesn't deserve to be fired

June 15 2012 at 12:50 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Buckingham's

Boy, high school sure has changed since i graduated in 1974! We never had "cannibelism classes" in my school.

June 15 2012 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ren

apparently you also didn't learn how to spell either.

June 15 2012 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HELLRAISER

Don't show the students actual life events. Teach them make believe bs.

June 15 2012 at 11:34 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Mostberg

No way this should have happened, this teacher may not be criminal, but troubled. Not belonging in a classroom?

June 15 2012 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
henryeroh

this was bad judgemrnt on the teacher but it is reality as it did happen and the young man did not to deserve to die but there are alot of sick one's out there- but how about the alqeda showing film of them decapitating kidnapped people- maybe they should be suspended!

June 15 2012 at 10:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
NO welcome

I understand the upset. After reading all the blog entries here, there seems to be unanimous agreement that the action was inappropriate. This tory was NOT a secret. It was carried by all news agencies in both countries, AND the kids heard about it. The beginning problem here is that something horrible happened. The second problem is that it made the news. The third problem is, in light of 1 & 2 kids heard it, AND as kids will, they carried it farther. Rather than running scared from this atrocity, how about some adult helping kids conceptualize what happened, give it perspective, answer the crazy questions kids will ask. Parents are too busy and too insensitive and too protective to give kids audience as to what THEY think about things. Someone has to do that job or it falls to the peer group alone, a sorry teacher by any stretch.

June 15 2012 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

How does a teacher make a STUPID decision like that ?...Not fit for the position !

June 15 2012 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carla

Of COURSE the kids begged to see it! HE is the teacher, it's his job to say, "No way, that's not appropriate for school,"

June 15 2012 at 9:36 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
yurday6

Suspended with pay! What kind of punishment is that? Indefinite paid vacation.

June 15 2012 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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peach1436

If it was the US I would say, naturally. but I would think Canadian law would be a bit different. Shame on them and us.

June 15 2012 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NO welcome

Maybe if you knew the law as well as you know free speech, you wouldn't ask .. oh wait, you're a Mets fan. Never mind.

June 15 2012 at 10:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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