Cassation Court rules against teacher who insulted pupil
Student called 'donkey' and 'handicapped' gets 280 euros damages22 January, 17:31
The teacher appealed an earlier, guilty, verdict from a lower court, saying her choice of words was part of "the legitimate exercise of the use of critique" pertaining to teachers.
Italy's highest appeals court disagreed and - in its judgment 3197 - said that only the use of the word "donkey" could "reflect criticism of the youth's performance" with the aim of correcting it.
Having added that the student also was a "liar, handicapped and a nothing" are "objectively disparaging and indicative of a desire to be offensive," the high court said.