26 December 2017

The Prosecutor’s Office summons the headmaster and several teachers from a Sant Andreu de la Barca secondary school to testify for discussing the 1 October referendum in classrooms


The Prosecutor’s Office summons the director and 12 teachers from IES El Palau de Sant Andreu de la Barca secondary school to give evidence for possible hate crime for alleged ‘derogatory’ and ‘humiliating’ remarks and comments directed at the Civil Guard and students at the school who are the children of armed officers. This was a result of the police violence during the 1 October referendum, strikes against prison sentences for Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez and the application of Article 155. Eighteen families from the school had already reported the incident to Sant Andreu Town Hall to express their upset at the comments made by some teachers in this regard. In addition to this, on 5 October, three plainclothes Civil Guard officers, one of whom is a member of the Institute’s Parents’ Association, went to the school to inquire about the situation. On the school’s walls, which are very close to the Civil Guard barracks, there was also graffiti in defense of the Civil Guard and slogans such as ‘Stop indoctrination.’ The teachers are summoned to give evidence before the Civil Guard on 4, 5, 8 and 10 January.

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