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Copenhagen Council wants teachers to monitor students for signs of extremism
From The Copenhagen Post
Copenhagen teachers will be educated in how to spot religious or political extremism in their students as part of a new council initiative.
The anti-radicalisation program will run for the next two years, in an effort to reduce the number of Copenhagen's youth being drawn into an extremist environment.
'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 the young men were planning to manufacture bombs. This form of extremism is disturbing,' said Jakob Hougaard, the council's deputy mayor for integration.
More than 800 teachers will be trained to spot the signs of extremism and a hotline will be set up so they can discuss their concerns and suspicions with a professional.
Hougaard said that if the hotline received serious information, it would be passed on to the Danish intelligence agency (PET).
The Union of Teachers Copenhagen branch is worried that this kind of monitoring could damage the trust between teachers and students.