A screen grab from the alleged Magnotta snuff video.
MONTREAL - A barrage of outrage is raining down on a Grade 10 history teacher who showed his students the snuff video connected to the Luka Magnotta body-parts murder case.
The teacher was suspended with pay on June 4, hours after he played the online video titled 1 Lunatic, 1 Ice Pick, which shows a man being stabbed to death with an ice pick and cut into pieces.
And now, Montreal police are investigating the case.
Two students told QMI Agency the teacher at Cavelier-de-LaSalle high school asked students to put up their hands if they wanted to watch the grisly clip.
Everyone agreed, though many regretted their decision, said one girl.
"I was sick to my stomach, I wanted to throw up," she said.
"We didn't see the whole thing, but we saw most of it. It was rough."
She said the class was totally silent after the video ended. Several students complained to the principal's office, and the teacher was quickly suspended.
Police say the victim in the video is Chinese student Jun Lin and that the murder took place in Magnotta's Montreal apartment on May 24 or 25.
The video, currently being held as evidence in the case, also depicts cannibalistic and necrophilic acts being performed on Lin's body.
The school called in a crisis team last week to meet with traumatized students, and the teacher was blasted all the way to the legislature in Quebec City.
"This is terrible," Education Minister Michelle Courchesne said prior to entering caucus on Wednesday.
"I understand he's been suspended. I find it scary, total lack of judgment, I see no educational value in something like that."
School board spokesman Jean-Michel Nahas told QMI Agency that the teacher was out of line.
"The school board and the school unanimously denounce this action," Nahas said Wednesday.
Montreal police recently held a news conference in which they advised Canadians to avoid watching the horrific video.
Psychologist Hubert Van Gijseghem told QMI Agency that watching a man being methodically killed and dismembered will have lasting effects on the young students.
"These students will have flashbacks, they will be anxious in the weeks, perhaps months to come.
They'll have nightmares," he warned.
"They have been confronted with horror in its purest state."
One of the charges that Magnotta faces upon extradition to Canada is "corrupting morals" related to the posting of the snuff clip.
Police are also considering charges against the owner of an Edmonton-based gore website that initially hosted the video.
Nahas says the suspended history teacher was not a full-time employee and that he has apologized for showing the clip in class.
He was to appear before a disciplinary committee on Wednesday afternoon. The committee will decide whether to dole out further punishment.
- With files from Veronique Prince and Genevieve Lajoie