School violence in Oberhausen: a bigger problem than we know

Oberhausen.
Incredible figure: The attack of a 13-year-old boy on his teacher at the comprehensive school in Osterfeld drew attention to violence in schools.

Acts of violence, insults, intimidation, intimidation – problem in Oberhausen Sekolah School much larger than previously known to the general public.

This can be seen in the police statistics from the police headquarters for the comprehensive school in Osterfeld. The largest school, with more than 1,400 students, had to file 27 police reports this year alone – for bodily injury, verbal abuse and threats. Throughout 2021, teachers and parents were only forced to call law enforcement 18 times. However, in the first year of the 2020 pandemic, there were 43 attacks on school grounds or in classrooms.

Bruises on arms and bumps on head

The worst known incident to date was the physical assault of a 13-year-old student on his 38-year-old teacher on May 18, 2022. He suffered a blow to the head and bruises on his arm.

Now, based on the numbers, one cannot hastily judge that things were very bad at the Osterfeld comprehensive school. It is not only the size of the school that needs to be considered, but also the way in which crime is handled. As reported by local school police and politicians, school administration behaves very differently. While the comprehensive school in Osterfeld, as in the case of the 13-year-old student, acted very consistently (criminal complaints, expulsion from school), other schools tried to hide the abuse. They advised parents and teachers not to report acts of violence and insults so as not to defame the school. One prefers to handle such events internally.




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Police spokesman Axel Deitermann stressed that the decision to file a complaint ultimately depends on the judgment of teachers and parents, who must assess the case pedagogically. “Basically, for us as police, if it’s a crime, you have to report it. We then investigated the school case as we do any other case – and then it was taken to the prosecutor’s office.” In the attack on the teacher, the 13-year-old child and his parents were interrogated, as well as the teacher himself. .

CDU school politician and former principal Gundula Hausmann-Peters believes it is necessary to engage the police and youth welfare offices to take more preventive action against violence. “As in society as a whole, the desire to use violence in schools has increased. This is also due to the lower inhibition threshold caused by social media.”


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