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Teacher quits after airing of racist remarks

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14:13 CET+01:00
A teacher in Landskrona in southern Sweden who made racist comments to students two years ago has resigned.

He will remain employed until the end of the spring school term, after which he will be released from his duties, director of Landskrona municipality's children and education committee, Tomas Johansson, told the TT news agency.

“The notice period is a bit longer than usual, but this is still the cheapest solution,” he said.

Among other statements, the teacher questioned the rights of immigrants to have children, according to a recording made by a student and recently broadcast by educational broadcaster UR's Skolfront programme.

The student made the recording two years ago and presented it to the school's principal, resulting in the teacher being transferred to another school.

The programme also reported that the teacher's comment was not an isolated incident. According to a number of students, parents and former employees, several of the school's staff members had made xenophobic remarks to their students.

After the recording became public, questions were raised as to why the teacher had been allowed to keep working for the municipality.

Last week, Johansson said the teacher's statements were unacceptable, but that it was doubtful whether employment regulations allowed for an incident to be reexamined two years after it took place.

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