Danish mayor supports decision not to fire Russian teacher — RT World News
The mayor of a Danish town has backed a refusal to fire a Russian-born teacher despite demands from Ukrainian parents, some of whom are refugees from the current conflict with Moscow. The teacher was accused of abusing and dispersing the children “Promotion” At the Nordvestskolen school in Helsingør, the management opposed these demands.
“These mothers want the school teacher to be fired. But we don’t do that in Denmark. We don’t fire people based on their nationality.” Benedikte Kiaer, the mayor of Helsingør municipality, told TV 2 on Sunday.
The teacher was described as a woman who had lived in the country for decades and was a Danish citizen. According to local media, 27 of the 32 students in the school are Ukrainian, and one is a Russian-speaking Ukrainian student.
The dispute broke out on February 3 during a music lesson taught by a Russian teacher and his colleague. School inspector Soren Pedersen said two teachers complained to him “very rude behavior” from two Ukrainian students to a Russian teacher. They also played and sang the national anthem of Ukraine in the middle of the lesson “like a provocation” Pedersen said.
The school sent a letter to parents about the incident. Three parents answered the question saying that they did not want the teacher to come in the classroom. “Inviting a teacher from Russia to work with Ukrainian children who fled the war with Russia is disrespectful to all Ukrainians. wrote one of the mothers Diana Chinba, referring to the media.
The second conflict occurred on February 24, exactly one year after Moscow launched a military operation in the neighboring country. The school reported that the two schoolgirls brought the Ukrainian flag with them and tried to enter the classroom in the middle of the absentee class.
“The intention was to show the Ukrainian flag as a provocation against the Danish-Russian teacher”, Pedersen said another staff member tried to stop the class and hide the flag. According to Pedersen, one of the girls told him about it “If you have Russian employees, you are supporting Russia.”
One of the Ukrainian students, Tereza Podoliak, told TV 2 that she and her classmate, who had a Ukrainian flag wrapped around her shoulders, came to pick up a friend from another class. He accused the Russian teacher of starting the conflict.
Speaking to the media, Teresa’s mother, Olga Podoliak, said that she had no problem with the teacher’s nationality. “But it’s important to protect our rights and stop Russian propaganda,” he said. he said.
School principal Kari Jorgensen defended the decision not to display the Ukrainian flag. “We are in Denmark. We celebrate national holidays in Denmark,” he said. – he said arguing that they are students “You need to know Danish culture.”
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