November 24, 2006 2:19 PM PST
Video of teacher rant gets students in trouble
Two 13-year-old girls have been suspended for their involvement in the incident at Ecole Secondaire Mont-Bleu, according to the CBC report. And the teacher has taken a stress leave from work.
The teacher was purposely provoked by one of the girls into yelling at her while the other girl secretly taped the scene, the CBC reported. Exactly what kind of device was used to record the event was undisclosed.
YouTube, by far the largest of the sites hosting user-submitted video, is quickly becoming a favorite venue for those wishing to expose wrongdoing. Proponents argue that online video can help hold people accountable. But the mushrooming popularity of these sites, coupled with the prevalence of video-equipped cell phones, has also raised concerns about misinterpreted context and the risk of ruined reputations.
In one of the more recent examples of the far reach of video sites, comedian Michael Richards, best-known for his work in the long-running TV comedy series Seinfeld, was performing a standup routine in Los Angeles last week when a member of the audience filmed him spewing racial epithets at hecklers. The video was watched more than 470,000 times on YouTube.
In this case, Richards admitted making the statements and has publicly apologized.
Earlier this month, an investigation was launched into two members of the Los Angeles Police Department after they were videotaped punching a man repeatedly in the face. The probe into the incident began only after the clip appeared on YouTube, igniting public outcry.
In contrast to the Richards' case, LAPD officials have defended the officers by noting that that the video may not have told the whole story. The clip did not include what occurred between the suspect and officers before the police used force.
In the case of the Canadian teacher, officials from the school district have sided with the man and say they hope he decides to return to work, according to the CBC report. Colleagues say the teacher has more than three decades of experience and has instructed special classes for students with discipline problems.
"The teacher will be the master of his class--a closed class and confidential," Abdu Mansouri, a spokesman for the region's teachers' union, told the CBC.
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