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A teacher of the Institute Menéndez Tolosa of the city of La Línea de la Concepcion has been denounced by a Muslim family in the same city. The family thinks that his son, a student in first year of Secondary school, has been offended during a geography class, it was reported to this newspaper.
The teacher was giving a normal lesson about the different climates of the planet and he used the locality of Trevélez (Granada) as example of a cold and dry climate. for an anecdote, the teacher explained that precisely this climate was best for the curing of hams. Then the student asked the teacher “don’t speak about hams because this subject was offensive for him as he is a Muslim.”
This paper’s sources at the center explained that the teacher answered him that it was ‘simply an example and that he doesn’t bear in mind in his classes the religion that his students practise.’
This might have remained simply in an exchange of opinions, but the family of the minor, who never went to speak with the teacher, did not hesitate to file a complaint against the teacher with the National Police.
Though nobody contacted the teacher, apparently a relative of the minor went to the educational center to speak with the Director of Studies and to protest the example that the teacher had used in geography class.
The agents of the Court officers went yesterday to the secondary school and they took a declaration to the teacher of the facts that happened during his class. In addition, the civil servants have requested the disciplinary and academic documentation of the minor in this educational center and in the previous one in that he was enrolled.
The teacher is accused of being an author of a supposed crime of mistreatment, accusing him of racist motivations and xenophobia
The Provincial Delegation of the Council of Education confirmed also yesterday to this newspaper that really knew that these facts had been produced and that a teacher had been denounced to the National Police but declined to do any declaration.
Teachers and students are infuriated by this situation because the teacher is teaching with devotion for two decades now, and he has never had a problem of this type. These accusations have effected him greatly.
In spite of being crossing a difficult moment, the teacher continues going to the center and he observes his obligation for his students
The State police keeps opened the investigation of these facts denounced by the family of the minor and it will be necessary to wait for the resolution that the judicial authority gives an opinion on the next ‘lacks trial’, (A kind of tribunal with a judge).