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May 26, 2004
" at least twice a week over two months "

This is the worst case of bullying I can recall reading about since starting this blog:

Students making up an entire class in Germany have been accused of filming their torture of a new pupil and posting clips on the internet.

The 11 pupils, aged between 16 and 18, went on trial yesterday, facing between them a 31-page list of charges that include beating, kicking and sexually humiliating their victim, identified only as Dieter, 18.

The attacks started weeks after Dieter joined the Werner-von-Siemens school in Hildesheim, near Hanover. His classmates took him to a store-room, where they stripped and severely beat him. They went on beating him at least twice a week over two months.

Different students participated in torture sessions, which became more frequent and cruel. By the end Dieter was being stabbed with screwdrivers, forced to eat chalk and to chew cigarette butts as well as occasionally having a bucket placed over his head while his attackers took turns pummelling him with their fists.

The students are charged with a total of 26 attacks. They allegedly filmed the abuse with a digital camera.

Nothing to add.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 03:27 PM
Category: Bullying

Nothing to add, either, other than that once again we have this weird desire to take photos of it that we also saw in the prison in Iraq. And of course once again the "schools are prisons" analogy is illustrated fairly well.

Speaking of prisons, I hope the perpetrators of this learn a lot about them.

Comment by: Michael Jennings on May 27, 2004 12:18 PM

Bullying all around the world and yet the bureaucrats who are supposed to be in charge don't seem to be able to get anything right. Here in the states we constantly see stories about how some seven year old is suspended bor drawing pictures of guns as a violation of a school's policy of zero tolerance for weapons, and yet these morons seem incapable of handling a true weapons case. This link was on Jerry Pournelle's site last week (www.jerrypournelle.com)

Comment by: Jim on June 1, 2004 05:52 PM
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