A teacher who has appeared as a speaker at lateral thinkers demos has failed in court against one of his former students. The now 20-year-old student informed the management of the vocational college in Ratingen in November 2020 about the officer’s statements and activities. He also reported the teacher’s statements to his future employer – a high school in Essen. The teacher then sued him for refraining from disseminating a series of statements.

The Ratingen district court dismissed the complaint of the high school teacher in full, as a court spokesman reported on Monday (Az.: 10 C 161/22). The news portal “t-online” reported first.

The court agreed with the former student: his statements were covered by the fundamental right to freedom of expression. The court was not able to determine any untrue factual allegations or violations of personal rights.

As class representative, the student had said, among other things, that the teacher had appeared as a speaker at lateral thinker demos and was a supporter of “an anti-Semitic and right-wing movement”. He also subliminally conveyed his views in class. So he asked a student who had reported sick to him to see if there was a connection with “the mask”.

The teacher now teaches at a high school in Essen.