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The director of the Vienna State Opera on Wednesday called for allegations of abuse at its renowned youth ballet academy to be cleared up in full, expressing shock at 'unacceptable' events.
Austrian magazine Falter reported a day earlier, based on interviews with former students and staff, that students at the academy were subjected to abuse and humiliation by a teacher and some of them then developed eating disorders. There was also one allegation of sexual abuse.
Austria - APA - News - Agency - Teacher
Austria's APA news agency said one teacher has since been fired and a second one is currently not allowed to teach.
'Things have happened that are unacceptable,' opera director Dominique Meyer told reporters in Vienna. 'We want everything to be cleared up completely.'
Podcast - Report - Falter - Girl - Teacher
In a podcast to accompany the report, Falter interviewed an unidentified girl who described how one teacher beat, scratched and pulled students by their hair. The girl said she herself was kicked so badly against her ankles while standing on her toes that she could not participate in...
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