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Controversial teacher will not return to Alppila school

A Helsinki teacher fired after pushing a disruptive, abusive student out of a cafeteria, then reinstated with a warning, will not return to the school where the incident took place.

Special education teacher Antti Korhonen is not returning to the Alppila school this spring. Image: Yle

Antti Korhonen was fired from his job for physically removing a disruptive student from the cafeteria of a Helsinki school. News of the dismissal cause a furor, with for example, a petition in his support, and calling for common rules to restore discipline in Finnish schools, gained more than 100,000 signatures within a day of being launched.

He appealed the decision to the Helsinki Education Board which cancelled his dismissal and reinstated him, but with a written warning appended to his employment file.

Korhonen’s current contract as a special education teacher ends in mid-July. Only a few more weeks of the current school session remain, and teachers' holidays begin in June.

The Helsinki Education Board has declined to say where Korhonen will be teaching for the rest of the month. However, he will not be returning to Alppila school where he was previously employed.

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