UPDATE: Montreal police say criminal charges are possible in the case of a Montreal supply teacher who showed the graphic video of murder and dismemberment to a classroom full of students. The teacher has been fired.
The Grade 10 history and citizenship supply teacher at Cavelier-De LaSalle high school showed the video to his students on June 4, after they indicated with a show of hands that they were interested in watching it.
UPDATE June 14: According to the Calgary Herald:Montreal police said they are also conducting an investigation and criminal charges are a possibility.
“We’re going to take a look at it now,” said Commander Ian Lafrenière. But he said he wouldn’t say that someone will ultimately be charged. “We don’t know. We’ll be questioning people. We’ll be looking at different possibilities and we’ll see,” he said.
The type of charge that Lafrenière said could result falls under the “offences tending to corrupt morals” in the Criminal Code.
Police believe the video - entitled "1 lunatic 1 icepick" - shows Chinese exchange student Jun Lin being savagely torn apart. Magnotta, the alleged suspect, was arrested in Germany on June 4 and is being held there until he is returned to Canada.
According to a student who spoke to Canoe.ca after seeing the video at LaSalle, "I was sick to my stomach, I wanted to throw up.... the class was totally silent after the video ended."
Once informed of the incident, the school immediately suspended the teacher with pay. He was subsequently fired.
The school brought in a team of psychologists and counselors to talk to students who were traumatized by seeing the video.
The school board for LaSalle - the Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys - issued a statement today indicating that it and the school's administration "condemn with a single voice the action of a teacher who showed his students a video with content as inappropriate as it is offensive.” The teacher has apologized for his actions.
One wonders what would possess a teacher to show such a gruesome video - one that left seasoned detectives visibly shaken when they had to watch it - to a class of teens. And why would a young (25-year-old) teacher compromise his budding career in this way?
Almost everyone in the class agreed to watch the video, but were there teens who voted 'yes' because of peer pressure? What was the conversation that led to the video being shown? What further penalty, if any, does this teacher face? And what sort of liability will the school have if any students develop post-traumatic stress disorder from the incident?
The teacher is expected to give his side of the story to school board officials shortly, and perhaps some of these questions may be answered.