Recent studies show a striking in the number of students becoming the targets of bullying in Greek schools.
Three students have been arrested in due to two incidents of bullying a special-needs classmate at Greece Athena High School. The victim was forced to carry out dehumanizing acts in a school bathroom on two occasions. Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan revealed at a recent news conference. One of the incidents was placed on Snapchat, a social media site.
“We have more than one video in our possession. Same victim, same suspects,” Phelan said. “We are not identifying the juvenile offenders, “Phelan said, “none are older than 16.”
“The suspects have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, which is a misdemeanor. One of the suspects has also been charged with possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child, a felony. That charge stems from the suspect possessing the act on a mobile device.” Phelan said.
“I think we have some young people here who have made some bad decisions, and the law will deal with them accordingly,” Phelan said.
The Greece Central School District said that the criminal charges are separate and the District it will move ahead with its usual process for disobedience to the district’s Code of Conduct policy.
“We have no tolerance for bullying or harassment of any kind, nor for individuals placing themselves in compromising situations to gain attention of others,” Greece schools Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said in a statement.
Phelan said the victim is trying to cope with the fall-out from the bullying incident.
“The victim is upset,” he said. “It’s embarrassing. It’s traumatizing and certainly all the attention given to it doesn’t make it any easier, so he’s working through it the best he can.”
The incidents were brought to the notice of school officials by a bystander, Phelan said, “One good kid who stood up and saw something he knew was wrong and reported it.”
15-Year-Old Greek Student Kills 17-year-old Student with a Shotgun
A 15-year-old assailant is currently being held in Patras Security Directorate, after killing a 17-year old with a shotgun.
After he killed a fellow student with a shotgun, the younger boy claimed to have killed the victim because he was being bullied, but he later admitted to the truth.
In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the 15-year-old was defending his sister when he committed the crime.
According to the Greek police, the 17-year from Patras said “He was teasing my sister so I took my revenge.”
The older student said he was in love with the assailant’s sister and was teasing her and the boy, according to the young man’s confession.
He went to the school yard to find the older boy so that the two of them could talk it out. Unfortunately, that did not happen. The younger boy walked to an uncle’s house and got his father’s shotgun.
After obtaining the gun, he returned to the school. According to witnesses he shot the victim from a distance of ten feet, even though the 17-year-old student was trying to run away.
The victim was rushed to the University Hospital in Patras, but he died from his injuries several hours later.
Police in Greece are searching the city of Ioannina and the surrounding area in northern Greece for Vangelis Giakoumakis, a 20-year-old Dairy School student who went missing on February 6.
Giorgos Tsoukalis, a private investigator hired by the family, has taken up the case. Tsoukalis, stated that “any information regarding the case is being thoroughly investigated.”
According to the authorities, Vangelis Giakoumakis resided in the school dormitory.
He disappeared on February 6th, and the initial inquiry revealed that he had left his wallet and mobile phone behind. Since then, Greek authorities, in collaboration with PI Tsoukalis, have been trying to track the young man. Several people reported that Giakoumakis had been seen in Athens’ metro stations, but this information has not checked out.
Meanwhile, a number of people have reported shocking bullying incidents, in which the 20-year-old student from Crete was the victim. He was targeted by a group of older students who also originated from Crete and were studying in Loannina. According to another student’s police statement, they would lock Giakoumakis in a closet and slip coins inside requesting songs, just like a jukebox. The horrifying incident occurred multiple times.
Greek journalist Angelica Nikolouli, host of TV show “Light in the Tunnel” that investigates missing persons, invited a young girl who reported that the group of Cretan students has also bullied Giakoumakis outside the dorms. For instance, she was present when the group hid Giakoumakis’ coffee while at a café. When he pleaded with them to give it back, they just laughed at him. In the end, they threw a glass of water at him, completely indifferent for the people watching.
Efforts to track Giakoumakis’ steps are still ongoing and police are asking anyone with information regarding the young man’s disappearance to call the Greek authorities.
Vangelis Giakoumakis, the Greek student who committed suicide after being bullied by his fellow students, was buried yesterday in Rethymno, Crete. Hundreds of people attended his funeral to pay their respects.
Meanwhile, Greek authorities have launched a new cycle of investigations to determine to what extent Vangelis was being bullied. Greek police have assured that the bullies and members of the Dairy School staff, who allowed the bullying to take place, are also under scrutiny..
After the young man’s body was found last Sunday the Cyber Crime Unit was forced to dismantle blog that had posted obscenities about Vangelis Giakoumakis. The Cyber Crime Unit officers found the administrators’ electronic traces and they are now investigating to find out waiting the identities of the people who placed nasty comments in the Internet.
The police are acting on the assumption that at least some of the people who were involved in the online bullying of Vangelis were the same people who made his life so miserable he committed suicide. So far, they have traced their locations to various places across Greece.
Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos has clarified parts of the new legislation against bullying that will be included in a new law, saying that “the existing Criminal Code could not provide for cases where the victim was an adult.”
The current law concerns incidents of bullying of victims under the age of 17, Paraskevopoulos said “that it could not provide for adults, even elderly people who are victims of bad behavior.”
He also stressed that “as it exists now, the law does not refer to behavior that causes psychological problems and affects a person’s health in general.” In reference to school bullying, he said that “possibly more provisions may be needed. This is a specific weakness in the Criminal Code regulation.”
According to a report released by the Greek Education Ministry, it is estimated that around 10 percent of all students have been verbally or physically bullied by their peers or children of a different age group. Around 5 percent of students in Greece engage in bullying. The ratio of boys to girls involved in bullying is 3 to 1, with boys being involved mostly in cases of physical violence, while girls are primarily involved in cases of verbal abuse