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Teacher to pupil: ‘I’ll crush your face’

A substitute teacher in Lofoten, northern Norway, has been sacked after threatening a 13-year-year pupil with extreme violence over comments made in a Facebook comment thread.

The incident occurred after a class trip last week, local newspaper Lofotposten reports. When the budding teacher wrote about the skating excursion in a status update on Facebook, the pupil responded with what the newspaper described as a joking comment.

But the teacher didn’t appreciate the joke, and in the ensuing discussion vowed to exact revenge on the pupil, writing: “[I’ll] crush your face so you drown in your own blood”

A few days later, the assistant teacher was called to a meeting with the school principal and the pupil’s parents. The get-together culminated in the sacking with immediate effect of the offending teacher, who was employed on a temporary contract.

By then, the Facebook threat was already a major topic of conversation in the local area. The county governor had even been in touch with the school management to inform them that such threatening comments constituted grounds for dismissal and the instigation of criminal charges, the newspaper reports.

The school has not, however, reported the matter to the police, the paper said.

“This is not something I can, or want to, comment on,” the school’s principal said.

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‘Out of this world’: Norwegian beach named ‘best in Europe’

Haukland Beach on the island of Vestvågøy in Lofoten, in the north of the country, has been named best beach in Europe by travel publication Lonely Planet.

'Out of this world': Norwegian beach named 'best in Europe'
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Haukland Beach on the island of Vestvågøy in Lofoten, in the north of the country, has been named best beach in Europe by travel publication Lonely Planet.

The beach beat out stiff competition from the likes of Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Denmark to bag first place.

 
 
 
 
 
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Despite summer temperatures in Lofoten only averaging the mid-teens and the water at its warmest only ever reaching a spine tingling 15° Lonely Planet were smitten with the beach.

“Haukland Beach is out of this world, with spiky granite peaks thrusting above creaming sands and sapphire seas. The water is chilly, but you’ll be itching to jump in all the same,” the article said.

 
 
 
 
 
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Such high praise is nothing new to Huakland beach as it has previously been named Norway’s finest beach and also the world’s most beautiful.

Deputy mayor of Vestvågøy municipality, Anne Sand, is not surprised that the beauty spot has received the accolade.

 
 
 
 
 
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“It is about the contrasts in nature, the high mountains and the green mountain sides. Then you have the beautiful beach among all this, it could not be nicer,” she told state broadcaster NRK.

When asked what makes the beach stand out from its competition, she said that it was the unique location.

“Many of them are similar, but Haukland stands out and becomes something special- precisely because you find it in the arctic circle,” she said

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