Man bites teacher for shaking daughter's hand

Time of article published Oct 22, 2009

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Danish police said on Thursday that a Palestinian father had hit a primary school teacher and bitten his ear after he had shaken the hand of the man's daughter.

The 47-year-old Danish teacher of Moroccan origin had invited the father and daughter for a meeting at the school in the town of Vollsmose on Wednesday when he had been "repeatedly hit and bitten in the ear", the police said.

"The father, a Palestinian, apparently became furious that the teacher had greeted his daughter just before a meeting," said Joergen Andersen, the police superintendent in the nearby city of Odense.

The 33-year-old father, a Muslim, said the teacher had "gone too far and offended his honour", Andersen said.

"The man is apparently not a fundamentalist," Andersen said. But he "could not accept this handshake between the teacher and his daughter".

The father told the police he had "lost his cool" because of what he considered the teacher's "indecent" behaviour.

The teacher was treated at a hospital and put on sick leave.

The father was charged with assault on a public service employee. He was arrested and released on Thursday.

"It's the first time that a teacher is the victim of such violence in Denmark," Odense Mayor Anker Boye told TV2 News television. - AFP

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