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Teachers don't want metro attacker in class

The Local · 30 Sep 2011, 12:04

Published: 30 Sep 2011 12:04 GMT+02:00

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Torben P., 18, was sentenced this month to nearly three years in prison for the assault on a 29-year-old, which was captured on video and spawned a nationwide debate about youth violence.

But while his legal team appeals the sentence, Torben P. has been released on bail and wants to continue his secondary education. Torben P. was forced to leave the school he had been attending previously following protests from students and parents.

The Catholic Liebfrauen school in the Charlottenburg district agreed to take him in last week, but now its teachers are threatening to resign if he is allowed to attend their classes.

It is unclear exactly how many teachers have joined the protest, though Berlin's B.Z. newspaper called it a “large proportion.”

In a letter to the school’s headmaster obtained by the B.Z, the teachers wrote they would not teach unless Torben P. is expelled from the school.

“It is irresponsible to send this student to the Liebfrauen school,” they wrote.

The parents had a meeting to discuss it Thursday, though it’s not yet clear if they will also oppose Torben P.’s attendance.

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A meeting is being scheduled between teachers and Church officials to discuss the next steps, the B.Z. reported.

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13:48 September 30, 2011 by freechoice
if Jesus was in charged of the school, he will be forgiven!
14:54 September 30, 2011 by jmclewis
Good for the teachers he should be finishing his studies in Jail!
15:57 September 30, 2011 by taiwanluthiers
how do we expect him to reform and become a productive member of the society if he is denied education?

I can understand the concern people might have but this is starting to become a "burn the witch" trial.

If he wants to turn to education and become a productive member of the society the society should be helping him do this, otherwise he's just going to go in or out of jail for the rest of his life, becoming a burden to the society.
17:52 September 30, 2011 by Englishted

And he could learn a useful trade, carpentry .
17:52 September 30, 2011 by Gretl
@taiwanluthiers And how is he going to explain the missing three years of work or education? He can work on his education in jail.
19:44 September 30, 2011 by expatriarch
What a bunch of out of touch horrible people you are. Why is everyone so darn concerned with whether this punk can or cannot complete his education. I don't use this term because it is rarely applicable, but many of you are nothing but bleeding-hearts. So concerned with the feelings and future of the offender that stomped the guys head in public, that you can't even consider that the worst outcome for him is hardly a punishment. Even if he gets four years; it's in German jails.

Germany is always so concerned with the feelings of offenders, but don't give a damn about the effects of being violated so grossly in public. He is 18 and his name and face are being obstructed so no one will know that a violent offender may be living next to them? Good job, Germany, at, once again, showing your guilt blinds you to the fact that you overshoot your intentions and cause even more harm.

Where the USA is crazy on the other side of the spectrum, with efforts towards making jails a for profit business that would jail even more people for even lesser offenses; Germany overshoots (no, doesn't even shoot in the right direction) and lets violent offenders get away with heinous crimes because it might hurt their feelings.
01:06 October 1, 2011 by wood artist
When you're a convicted criminal, you lose some rights. I don't think anyone is saying that he shouldn't be allowed to complete his education, and very few probably believe it would beneficial if he didn't. However, one of the things you lose upon conviction is "freedom of association." A jail sentence means you don't get to go and do whatever you like.

Since continuing his education is an option available while he's serving his term, it seems reasonable to think he should do that. When he's "paid his debt to society" then he can recover some of the freedoms he's lost. Whether members of society want to forgive and forget is a different subject, and far more complex.

It's pretty understandable that people might not want their own children associating with someone who has clearly demonstrated a lack of self-control, and even an open disregard for the safety of others. This protest of his presence seems reasonable, and the alternative not unreasonable.

01:33 October 1, 2011 by mikel taylor
This kid is Prep School material in the US,, Deerfield Academy or maybe Andover- Exeter.. maybe what he needs most is an education, he might be Minister of Defence material for future German generations

Give him a chance to screw up or make the most of it,, stop punishing everyone for a little mistake in the past,, Germans of all people should be able to see that
02:00 October 1, 2011 by adipk
ohh funny. was that a "mistake" really i mean realllyyyy. i think he is not a kid. If he would sit in my kid's class i shall surely change the school. that was not a fun at all.
05:30 October 1, 2011 by Dejo
Let him continue his education by correspondance; that should satisfy both sides.
08:38 October 1, 2011 by auniquecorn
while his legal team appeals the sentence? released on bail?

Gotta love this country.
12:19 October 1, 2011 by mos101392
The public has rights too including the guy who publicly got his head kicked in by this punk. The teachers have rights too. Yes, he made a mistake...but in the end it was his choice...now let the teachers make their choice.
17:40 October 1, 2011 by storymann
@ wood artist Very well put !
01:40 October 2, 2011 by delvek
When I was in High School there would have been a line to return the beating this guy leashed out on an unsuspecting person.
02:23 October 2, 2011 by Flint

That sounds great. Why don't you let the little darling stay at your home while he's out on appeal? You can play an important part in his rehabilitation by helping him study at night.
21:04 October 2, 2011 by wenddiver
Give him a bucket/sponge and let him clean up the toilets, let the whole School know where society thinks violent criminals should be. He is a low life.
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