Romanian teacher who demanded gifts is fired

A woman walks with children along a road in Aninoasa, 330 km (202 miles) west of Bucharest July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

BUCHAREST: The education minister has fired a teacher who was filmed aggressively demanding gifts from students in a case that has made headlines in Romania, where it is customary to give presents to teachers.

Remus Pricopie dismissed Dana Blandu on Friday, saying it was illegal for a teacher to demand money as gifts. Her lawyer said she would fight her dismissal.

Police have interviewed Blandu and 20 parents this week. The principal at Bucharest School 10 was fired Thursday.

Students traditionally offer teachers token gifts such as bunches of flowers or chocolates, sometimes in the belief they will get better grades. But Blandu's approach has shocked Romanians.

She called parents "sheep," ''potatoes" and "poor." When a parent who secretly recorded her complained, she retorted: "this is a school for snobs."





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