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Unicamp fires a teacher accused of attacking and threatening students with a knife and pepper spray

The teacher was filmed running with a knife in his hand towards a student during a student strike in October 2023


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Unicamp announced the firing of a teacher accused of assaulting and threatening students with a knife during a student strike in October 2023.




The State University of Campinas (Unicamp) has announced the dismissal of a professor from the Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Informatics (IMECC), accused of attacking and threatening students with a knife during a student strike in October 2023. The dismissal decision was published by the University in the Official Journal on Monday 1. The order justifies the dismissal of Rafael de Freitas Leão because it believes that the behavior constitutes a very serious disciplinary offense. The information comes from Folha de S.Paulo.

The professor was removed from his position on October 4, the day after his arrest by Military Police on the Unicamp campus. The university has clarified that dismissal is provided for by the institution’s statute in situations in which the employee “commits acts defined as infringements by criminal laws”, “maintains incorrect conduct” and/or “commits acts of violence of any kind” .

“The rector of Unicamp clarifies that the decision was taken on the basis of the final report of the Permanent Investigation Commission which analyzed the case, subsequently endorsed by the University Attorney General. The process took place in compliance with the internal rules of the University , guaranteeing the professor every opportunity to exercise his broad defense”, reads a note from the rectory.

Remember the case

On October 3 last year, Leão was arrested on suspicion of threatening two students with a knife and pepper spray. The students entered their classrooms to inform about the decision of the DCE (Central Student Directory) to organize a strike that day. That’s when the teacher took the knife and started threatening them.

A video recorded by other students captured the moment the teacher runs down the corridor with the knife in his hand towards one of the students. The young man clashes with the professor to disarm him, and only then two university security guards appear to restrain the professor. Leão was arrested by military police officers after the case and taken to a police station.

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The professor, in turn, said that, upon arriving at the university, he was prevented from teaching by a group of students. “The teacher was knocked to the ground and used pepper spray and a knife to defend himself,” the police report reads.

Police reports identified the teacher as the victim. The case was registered as personal injury and criminal incitement.

At the time, students from at least 23 Unicamp courses had voted in favor of the strike, in solidarity with protests against the privatization of state bodies and conditions at São Paulo’s universities.

As during the USP strike, Unicamp students called for the hiring of teachers and staff, as well as improvements to the institution’s infrastructure, considering that some courses operated in buildings with inadequate facilities.

Source: Terra

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