MONTREAL - A Montreal teacher has been sacked for showing students a grisly video of the murder of a Chinese man killed and dismembered last month in the Canadian city, school officials said Thursday.
Officials said the teacher at Cavelier-De LaSalle high school in southern Montreal had been let go for "showing his students a video whose content was both inappropriate and offensive."
The decision to sack the man was made "due to the gravity of his act" and "its impact on the students concerned," the local school board said in a statement.
The teacher, who was not identified, showed the video to a class of mainly 15-year-olds on June 4, according to school officials.
That was the same day that Luka Rocco Magnotta, a former porn actor dubbed the "Canadian Psycho," was arrested in Berlin after fleeing Canada.
Magnotta is believed to have stabbed Lin Jun -- a Chinese national studying at Montreal's Concordia University -- with an ice pick, before dismembering the victim's body and sending his hands and feet to federal political parties and two schools in Vancouver.
Lin's head has not yet been recovered.
The teacher expressed his regret in an email to school authorities but did not explain why he showed the video, posted online after the killing, which is believed to have taken place on May 24-25.
He was immediately suspended after a traumatized student informed the school's vice-principal. Psychological counseling was offered to students in the class, the board said.
Police had warned the public about the video's obscene content.
Magnotta, 29, fled to France and then Germany, and was arrested in Berlin last week after a global manhunt.
He is due to be extradited later this month to face charges of first degree murder, committing indignities to a body and publishing obscene material.
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