Penza region Education Minister reacts to schoolgirl beating incident
Penza, 23 March 2016. PenzaNews. Incidents of the likes of four schoolgirls beating another girl on her age and filmed the beating in Penza are unacceptable, said the regional Minister of Education Alexander Voronkov in his comment on the news that caused great resonance in regional and federal media alike.
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“We must work harder with risk group teenagers, and not only in the schools were those girls were studying,” he stressed.
Each school will undergo checks for “organization of case-by-case work with families that have problems in upbringing of their children,” Alexander Voronkov added.
“Once again, we will stress to engage in employing the teenagers, work with parents and psychologists, and if there are not enough school psychologists, we must employ the experts from the Penza region psychological-pedagogical, medical and social assistance center,” said the Education Ministry head.
In his opinion, the local authorities and the school must pay great attention to all the girls involved in the conflict, “as there are indirect troubling signs: problems in their families, early delinquency.’
As Penzanews reported earlier, the first reports saying a group of four schoolgirls cruelly beaten another girl of their age and filmed the process began appearing online in the evening of Tuesday, March 22.
The video clip published online shows the victim girl covered in blood and pleading for her assailants to stop, while they keep punching and kicking her and dipping her head in the snow. At the same time, another girl that is filming the beating can be heard making a coldblooded remark that the screen is shaking because her hands got cold. The clip ends with the assailed girl promising not to report the incident to the police.
The Penza region Investigative Committee began an investigation of the matter, will evaluate the promptness and fullness of preventive measures by responsible parties, and will result in a proceeding decision.
Moreover, the Penza region prosecutor’s office organized a separate investigation into the fact. They will research the life and family backgrounds of the girls involved in the conflict, the details behind the incident, and the actions undertaken the parties responsible for prevention of such crimes.
According to the Ministry of Education, the conflict in question that had taken place on March 4 involved the girls studying in Penza schools No. 75/62, 28 and 57. The assailed schoolgirl did not tell her parents about the incident, and the homeroom teacher was told on the day after that her student was absent due to an illness. The homeroom teacher visited the girl at home in person on March 12, and the latter returned to her studies on March 14. The police was informed by the school of the incident on March 16.