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Death Metal Singing Trainee Teacher In Danger Of Losing His Job In Germany

A German trainee high school teacher has been warned that he will be dismissed if he refuses to give up his role in death metal band, Debauchery. The 29 year old Thomas Gurrath is training to become a teacher in politics, history and ethics at Hegel Gymnasium in the city of Stuttgart, but is known in the local metal scene as "The Bloodbeast," his stage name with Debauchery, who feature naked, blood smeared women in their act.

He has now been given the ultimatum to choose between teaching and death metal as education authorities have told Gurrath he will have to give up the teacher traineeship he began on January 1 unless he quits his band.

Clemens Homoth-Kuhs, spokesman for the regional education authorities, told the Daily Bild: "We have in the end agreed that Mr Gurrath is now to stop his traineeship, but have told him that he can start again under certain conditions."

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Dasher10's avatar

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1. Dasher10 writes:

Remember the Dawn of Azazel controversy? As long as he doesn't bring naked chicks into the classroom, he should be eligible to teach.

# May 7, 2010 @ 11:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

Something tells me that his popularity as a teacher and a musician will benefit from all of this.

# May 7, 2010 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Zukros writes:

I hope he chooses the metal. Debauchery are a good band. It's fairly generic DM, but among the better DM bands.

# May 7, 2010 @ 12:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Hammerheart writes:

Dasher10: I was thinking the same thing.

Besides, this controversy will only help his record sales.

# May 7, 2010 @ 1:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. EsotericSurgery writes:

I'm with #1. People hate/fear what they don't understand. Aslong as the man keeps it out of the classroom he should be allowed to educate! Fvckin stupid!

# May 7, 2010 @ 1:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. WOLF7 writes:

^ my thoughts exactly. I dont have to type anything then. Thanks Esoteric

# May 7, 2010 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. HeadbangerHippy writes:

^Agreed with all of you guys. f***ing bullsh** that he will loose his traineeship.

# May 7, 2010 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RTB writes:

YA BLOODBEAST!!!!!!!!!! \m/ \m/
As much as i luv and support metal, and will defend it until the day i croak, in reality the guy has to put food on the table and think about his future......its bullsh!t that he's in this prediciment, but the guy has to do whats best for him and his family....hope it works out for him and bloodbeast will continue his work in the metal community....

# May 7, 2010 @ 3:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. WOLF7 writes:

Actually, I WILL say something here;
He (Thomas/Bloodbeast) should just go and sue them.
The key word here is "discrimination".
And he would win, no question. plain and simple.

# May 7, 2010 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. b.bristowe writes:

WOLF7: No kidding right? The answer has already been written....in blooooooooooddddd. Kind of a strange situation considering Germany is full of crazy metal heads.

# May 7, 2010 @ 4:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. wilco writes:

f*** this i thought only in the usa would this be possible
let the dude tech he did nothing wrong

# May 7, 2010 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. wilco writes:

teach it is

# May 7, 2010 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Cynic writes:

Ha - well it looks like if the Dawn of Azazel controversy taught us one thing it's that controversy is awesome for death metal bands!

# May 7, 2010 @ 5:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. metalfan653 writes:

Threatning a job because of something you do in your spare time?
Well that's idiotic. It's not like he's breaking the law.

# May 7, 2010 @ 5:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. hellrat writes:

ha ha wolf---he SHOULD file a discrimination suit!!

then when he wins, the outcome shall effect a provision of nondiscrimination applicable to ALL school districts whom will now be required to have within their employed ranks at least one deathmetal singing academics instructor ;)

now we're talkin!

# May 7, 2010 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Demise writes:

"who feature naked, blood smeared women in their act" who cares if it's in their act it's not like he actually does this to people

# May 7, 2010 @ 5:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Cynic writes:

Hey, if Lord Worm can eat worms and sing about disembowelment live and be an English teacher, this guy should be able to as well.

# May 7, 2010 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. matt_metal writes:

this is like that teacher, stephen fulmer maybe? i dont know, who wasnt allowed to teach because he painted art with his ass.

# May 7, 2010 @ 10:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. killingtime writes:

Another case of the bureaucratic institution trying to pigeon-hole one person to one definition.
Because we all know it's an atrocity if you don't fit into some pre-manufactured stereotypic "this is what a teacher is" mold... (if I were a wash-cloth I'd be dripping w/ sarcasm...).

RTB (p.8), it's a shame this is "a predicament" to begin with.

Wolf7:
http://www.gibsondunn.com/publications/pages/GermanParliamentPassesGeneralEqualTreatmentActWhichWillHaveaConsiderableImpactonGermanEmployment.aspx

The General Equal Treatment Act of 2006 - loopholes would probably be included around bullet 3. Which probably reads "no freaky death-metalers can be school teachers...". Don't know how they'd objectify their ill-reasoning, but I'm sure it'd happen.

# May 7, 2010 @ 10:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Jenny writes:

Agreed with the lot of you. Ridiculous he even has to choose between the two; but whatever Thomas chooses, I hope all goes well with him.

# May 7, 2010 @ 11:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Necrovomit writes:

at least he's not sleepin' with his students. u ever notice its always like a hot english teacher or something that gets caught sleeping with her students, why cant i get that teacher?

# May 7, 2010 @ 11:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Trendkill91 writes:

This is stupid,
Wish I had a Teacher that was in a Death Metal band.
The should teach metal at school as a subject.

# May 8, 2010 @ 12:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. OlafBerzerker writes:

If he was in Ontario Canada they would give him his own class metal 101. Theyre too worried about proper taxes on tobacco products and illegal fishing to worry about such elementary things.....Join us for BloodBaaaaaaath !!!!

# May 8, 2010 @ 4:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. greyback writes:

Hell, give up the teaching job!! DM ruls, schools who won't even let a artistic dm guy play in a band and teahc deserve to be rid of him. I growl and shred, but I'm still gonna work for Google...

# May 10, 2010 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. n0thinghead writes:

wolf: exactly!!! it some way, shape or form, this is discrimination. he rlly should sue. my bet's also that he'll win.

# May 10, 2010 @ 1:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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