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10 December 2023

Teacher sacked for offending UAE sentiments

Gerald Harrison has been terminated from service (EMARAT AL YOUM)

By Staff

A Scottish teacher at the girls college of technology in Ras Al Khaimah was sacked for offending the UAE after he modified a phrase written by a student on a balloon to make it look that she hates the UAE.

The female students had just finished decorations to mark 40 years of the UAE union when Gerald Harrison entered class.

“He saw that one student had written on a balloon ‘I love the UAE’….he grabbed the balloon and replaced that phrase with ‘I hate the UAE’….he then put the balloon under his leg and popped it,” 'Emarat Al Youm' daily said.

Quoting college officials, the paper said when one student asked the teacher why he had done this, he simply replied that he hated the colours of the UAE flag.

“The students then went to the management and filed a complaint…the teacher was summoned and was accused of insulting the UAE flag,” the paper said.

“He admitted what he had done but said he did not mean to offend the UAE…the management then decided to sack the teacher and referred his file to the central management at the college of technology in Abu Dhabi.”