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Teachers don't want metro attacker in class

Teachers don't want metro attacker in class
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Teachers at a Berlin high school are threatening to strike if the teenager convicted of brutally beating a man in a metro station in April is allowed to attend classes there.

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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.

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

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