French teacher and vegan teacher Daniel Joux was fired from his job at a French school after the student in question uploaded a video of the encounter to his Facebook page.
Joux, who was hired in June 2015, had told a French teacher that he would not work with a student who was a vegan, and the student posted the video on his Facebook account in September.
The video went viral, earning Joux an estimated $100,000 in severance payments, and sparked outrage from French students, many of whom are vegetarians.
Jouys termination letter said the student’s behavior was “not acceptable” and that “the termination is in line with the rules and regulations of the school and the company” in France.
The student has since been allowed to continue to teach, but his salary was not included in the severance package.
The incident has drawn widespread attention in France, where an initiative has been launched called #VeganSchools, to which French students have pledged to donate $1 million to a new school, if necessary.
The French Education Ministry said in a statement that the decision was made after a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the situation.
In a separate incident, an employee of a Spanish school in Spain has been suspended after an investigation into his conduct was conducted by a human rights watchdog.
The employee, who had worked for the school since 2013, was reportedly found guilty of having sex in a public place without permission and was given an 8-month suspension, which was later reduced to 6 months.
The school is still in the process of being closed down.