Polish priest criticized for showing ISIS beheading Christians video to high school students
FOLE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, Pope Tawadros II, the 118th pope of the Coptic Church of Egypt, leads a mass for the Egyptian Christians who were killed in Libya, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015 11:42AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 1, 2015 11:47AM EDT
WARSAW, Poland -- A Roman Catholic priest has been criticized in Poland for showing high school students in a religion class the uncensored video of Egyptian Christians being beheaded by Islamic State militants.
The Polish broadcaster TVN24 reported Wednesday that both the school and church authorities in the northern Polish city of Szczecin reprimanded the priest for subjecting his 10th grade students to such disturbing images.
The priest, Krzysztof Jeruzalski, played the video as part of a lesson on Christian martyrdom before Easter.
Polish media reported that some parents complained, though one student quoted by TVN24, Alicja Rucinska, defended the priest, saying he had given students the option of leaving the room.
The gruesome video shows black-masked militants beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in February.