An English language teacher at a school in Flanders has been fired after being caught dealing drugs to his students, VRT has reported.
The unnamed man, who is believed to be around 50 years old, was teaching on a short-term contract at the City Academy for Digital Arts (Stedelijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten) in Aalst. He was sacked shortly after the school's management discovered that he had been selling drugs — including cannabis — to his students, all of whom are legally minors.
It is believed that the teacher sold the drugs off school premises after school hours. He is also alleged to have given students money to purchase cigarettes. It is not yet clear how many students were involved.
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The mayor of Aalst, Christoph D'Haese (N-VA), has since confirmed that both the police and the East Flanders Prosecutor's Office have opened investigations into the matter.
"We have to protect the integrity of minors," D'Haese told De Morgen. "It should be clear that these types of practices, which are illegal, are absolutely unacceptable."