This footage shows the abuse suffered by a teacher bullied and humiliated daily by out-of-control teenagers – before he snaps and spits in a youngster’s face.
The teacher, whose name has not been disclosed due to privacy laws, was teaching at the HTL Ottakring technical college in the Austrian capital Vienna.
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According to local media, the beleaguered professor has been the victim of threatening behaviour from his students for several months.
Shocking video footage show the out-of-control situation during his classes and the degrading situations the teacher often faced.
The video starts with the professor trying to keep calm while being surrounded by students who whistle sharply in his ear and try to take a stick out of his hands.
In one scene, the teacher is seen being dragged by five teens through the class while another shows a ball being thrown at his head, after which he angrily storms out of class.
In another scene, the teacher is mobbed near the blackboard as a group of students play traditional songs and dance around him in a threatening way.
In the last scene, the teacher is confronted by a burly student in front of the blackboard.
When he says “get out of the classroom! Out! Out!” the young man does not move and the professor spits in his face.
The video ends with the burly student shoving the professor against the blackboard.
College director Heinrich Himmer said: “We do not tolerate any violence or disrespectful behaviour in our institutions, not from teachers or students.
“That is why immediate consequences were taken. The teacher will be questioned, regardless of the fact that it was already announced that he will no longer be active in the coming year, and he can expect legal consequences.”
Himmer said that “a separate disciplinary hearing” will take place for the students involved and that they will “receive the support of college psychologists”.
However, the reaction caused a huge public outcry in Austria after the videos were shared and discussed by dozens of newspapers.
An online petition is even calling for the dismissal of the entire school board, which has over 10,000 signatures so far.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the far-right party Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) has blasted the school board for “abandoning its teachers”.
FPO education spokesman Maximilian Krauss said: “No teacher should have to put up with such misconduct – that it is even being discussed is absurd.”
Krauss claimed that the situation in many Austrian institutions is so dire that “teachers even need to wear a bodycam these days” and that “security guards at certain schools are part of everyday life”.
Krauss has proposed setting up “boot camps for violent students” to tackle the problem.