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Big Teacher Is Watching You!

Since 9/11, leaders in western societies have been able to arouse hate and fear by waving the flag of terrorism. If one claims violating individual rights is necessary to save one’s society, then many will be swayed to go along with denial of their liberties. The city of Copenhagen has decided too many of its youth are being drawn into extremist organizations so it has decided to enlist the assistance of teachers by having them spy on their own students. According to Jacob Hougaard, who works on integration, “The terror threat is real and we have a duty to make an effort. It’s thought provoking when you see that just in this last year, the police arrested a terror cell in Copenhagen, where young men were planning to manufacture bombs. This form of extremism is disturbing.”

More than 800 teachers will be trained to spot signs of extremism and a hotline will be set up so they can discuss their concerns and suspicions with a professional. The Union of Teachers in Copenhagen is disturbed at the implication of having teachers report on students to police authorities.

If a single student is reported to authorities and then tells his peers what happened, the offending teacher will never again be trusted by students. Trust between student and teacher is vital if the troubled child is to find an adult role model. Big Brother is watching in 1984 but hopefully not in 2008.

Homophobic Attacks On Rise In Denmark

The National Association for Gays and Lesbians(LBL) claims there has been a significant rise in the number of attacks against gay people in Copenhagen in the past few years. The municipality of Copenhagen only recently ever got around to classifying cases of hate crimes and discrimination against homosexuals. During the last month alone there were 62 hate crimes committed against gay people in the city of Copenhagen. Some experts believe the figure might be higher since some crimes are not being reported. LBL is concerned at the lack of any reporting system in Denmark concerning violence against gays and lesbians.

Orestedsparken which is located in the heart of Copenhagen is a well known center for gays and lesbians. It has become the scene of attacks on homosexuals. The LBL is urging introduction of courses on sexual issues within the schools of Denmark to raise awareness among the young about the danger of prejudice and bigotry.