Behavior at school under scrutiny

A top prosecutor yesterday ordered an investigation into the behavior of schoolchildren after television stations aired footage recorded on mobile phones that apparently showed students making Molotov cocktails and having underage sex. The head of appeals prosecutors, Giorgos Koliocostas, asked officials to find the identities of the children involved in the videos. He also wants authorities to investigate vandalism and theft at schools which have been taken over by teenagers demonstrating against education reforms. Koliocostas’s decision comes in the wake of allegations that four teenagers raped a 16-year-old classmate at a school on Evia last week. The girl claimed onlookers filmed the incident on a mobile phone. The head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, yesterday joined other high-profile figures in expressing support for the 16-year-old after meeting with the girl and her mother in Athens. Meanwhile, teachers said that they were ill-equipped to cope with cases like the alleged rape. «A teacher does not have the necessary training to intervene in these kind of matters and the only thing he can do is take disciplinary action,» the head of the State Senior High School Teachers’ Federation (OLME), Dimitris Georgas, told Kathimerini. He added that psychologists should be available to schools and sex education had to become part of the national curriculum.

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